Some of the new developments made in the field of space technologies in the last three years are as listed below :
- Aditya-L1: Development of highly polished optical mirrors – for a solar coronographic mission –
- XpoSAT mission: Development of large, light-weight collimators with non-cylindrical aperture – for x-ray polarimetric applications
- Silicon sensors: Development of indigenous silicon sensors and coatings for optical and IR spectroscopic applications – for payloads on Chandrayaan-2 mission
- RESPOND: Indian Space research Organisation through the programme called RESPOND (Sponsored Research) is encouraging academia to participate in the R & D activities. Respond programme provides support to research projects in wide range of topics in space technology, space science and applications to universities/ institutions. ISRO has also set up Space Technology Cells at various institutions like Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) – Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur & Madras; Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and with University of Pune (UoP) to carry out research activities. Some of the other recent initiatives for capacity building include setting up of Space Technology Incubation Centres (S-TIC) and Regional Academic Centres for Space (RAC-S).