Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently launched an initiative to provide an overview of different aspects of Space Science and Technology to students. The program, named Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START), is an introductory-level training program aimed at postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students of Physical Sciences and Technology.

Purpose and Benefits

The primary objective of the START program is to help Indian students become professionals in Space Science and Technology, as ISRO’s Space Science exploration program continues to expand into new domains. The program will provide a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the discipline, research possibilities, and professional pathways. The lectures will also cover topics related to the Indian Space Science exploration program and research opportunities in Space Science and technologies.

The START program also aims to emphasize the cross-disciplinary nature of Space Science, highlighting how individual aptitudes can be applied to the field. It encompasses fields such as Astronomy and Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Sun-Earth interaction, Instrumentation, and Aeronomy.

Short Courses Offered by ISRO

In addition to the START program, the ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) has also launched two short courses: Remote Sensing Data Acquisition and Remote Sensing Data Processing. These courses will be conducted by the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), a UN-affiliated educational institution. The courses have been planned to take place between August 21 and September 1, and between October 9 and 20, correspondingly, and they will be conducted at NRSC’s Earth Station situated near Hyderabad’s Shadnagar area.

These short courses will provide students with knowledge and skills in remote sensing, which is a vital aspect of Space Science and Technology. Students will receive training on remote sensing data acquisition and processing, which will help them become proficient in the field.



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