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  • 18 Jan 2019
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Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) has launched a training programme UNNATI (UNispace Nanosatellite Assembly & Training by ISRO).

  • UNNATI is a capacity building programme on nanosatellite development.
  • The Programme provides opportunities to the participants from developing countries to strengthen their capabilities in assembling, integrating and testing of nanosatellites.
  • It is an ISRO initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50).
  • UNNATI programme is being conducted by U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) of ISRO for 3 years in 3 batches and has a target to benefit 90 officials from 45 countries.
  • The training comprises of theoretical course work on nanosatellite definition, utility, laws governing their impact on space debris, design drivers, reliability & quality assurance and hands-on training on assembly, integration, and testing of nanosatellites.
  • The first batch of this programme has started on January 17, 2019, with 30 participants from 17 countries (Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Panama, and Portugal).

United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE)

  • UNISPACE I, held from 14 to 27 August 1968, was the first in a series of three global UN conferences on outer space, which focused on raising awareness of the vast potential of space benefits for all humankind.
  • UNISPACE II conference was held from 9 to 21 August 1982. UNISPACE II addressed the concerns of how to maintain the outer space for peaceful purposes and prevent an arms race in outer space.
  • UNISPACE III conference held from 19 to 30 July 1999. UNISPACE III created a blueprint for the peaceful uses of outer space in the 21st century.
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