What are Mission DefSpace and SPRINT Navy Contracts?
Mission DefSPace Contract:
Space startup InspeCity has been awarded the first iDEX contract of Mission DefSpace.
InspeCity had emerged as the winner of a challenge conducted by the Defence Space Agency focused on developing a gas based Micropropulsion system for cubesats.
Cubesats are a class of small satellites and are easy to manufacture, modular, modular, low cost, integrate and launch. The cubesats are critical for launch-on-demand capabilities and are good for Imagery, Reconnaissance/communication, and also Intelligence Surveillance.
This technology will enable precise manoeuvring and orbit correction for satellites, including the cubesat swarm being developed under Mission DefSpace.
SPRINT (Navy) Contract:
Siliconia Technologies Pvt Ltd, has emerged as the winner of a SPRINT (Supporting Pole-Vaulting in R&D through iDEX, NIIO and TDAC) Challenge focused on developing a lightweight Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) based communication system for phased-array radars.
The system provides multiple independent receiver/transmitter sources crucial for satellite tracking.
iDEX, launched in 2018, is an ecosystem to foster innovation & technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging innovators & entrepreneurs to deliver technologically advanced solutions for modernizing the Indian Military.
iDEX will function as the executive arm of DIO, carrying out all the required activities while DIO will provide high level policy guidance to iDEX.
iDEX has been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister Award for Public Policy in Innovation Category for the year 2021.
What is Mision DefSpace?
It was inaugurated by Prime Minister of India during the October 2022 edition of India’s DefExpo.
It aims to nurture the Indian Private Space industry through challenges addressing every stage of a space mission – from mission planning to satellite data analytics.
This mission encompasses 75 Defense Space Challenges that directly suit the needs of end users.
These challenges have been categorised into the existing DDP initiatives of iDEX, Make-I, and Make-2, allowing participation from private industries, including startups, MSMEs, and individual innovators.
The challenges are categorized into five different domains:
Communication & Payload System
Ground System, and Software System.
Together, they offer an in-depth and complete understanding of space from a 360-degree perspective.
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