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What is the news?
The Defence Minister has inaugurated the Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University. He also launched a Scholarship Scheme, worth Rs 10 crore, for the wards of Defence Personnel of the three Services.
What is the purpose of Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology?
The Centre has been named after India-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who lost her life in the 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster.
The objective of the Centre is to train students in space science, satellite development and meeting future challenges in space research.
The centre will also be the ground control station for Chandigarh University’s Student Satellite (CUSat) along with a Geo-Spatial Centre for research.
What is CUSat?
CUSat is a nano-satellite being designed by the students of the Chandigarh University.
The satellite will collect data related to border intrusion detection, agriculture, weather forecasting, natural disaster forecasting, which will be helpful in research and study of various problems in these areas.
The satellite will be among the 75 student-built satellites to be launched into space on the eve of the 75th Independence Day in 2022.
Moreover, with the launch of CUSat, Punjab will become the first border state in India to have its own satellite in space.
Source:This post is based on the article ‘Defence Minister inaugurates Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University’ published in PIB on 4th Jan 2022.