Bengaluru-based Digantara Research and Technologies, a space situational awareness (SSA) and surveillance company has signed an agreement with the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) on SSA and launch opportunities.
A statement issued here on Thursday, read: "This partnership was signed on June 10 and that securing the launch service agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the firm anticipates a productive collaboration in the development of resilient indigenous capabilities."
"As India’s first SSA and space surveillance company, we are developing a two pronged system to address the challenges of space operations and SSA through our ground-breaking platform, Space - Mission Assurance Platform aka Space-MAP, that will serve as a foundational layer on which all future space missions can operate, allowing stakeholders to take informed decisions," the firm said.
"To complement the current SSA capability, Digantara is building the world’s first space based sensor network to track resident space ibjects (RSO) in low Earth orbit (LEO) with 10X better resolution than the current industry standards and augmenting its sensor network with high fidelity artificial intelligence-machine learning models on the downstream end to provide actionable intelligence to the stakeholders," the firm added.
In a development that holds immense significance for the country’s commercial space sector, Bengaluru-headquartered start-up Digantara Research & Technologies will be building a Space Situational Awareness (SSA) observatory in the hill state of Uttarakhand.
The proposed first-of-its-kind observatory will be tracking satellites and space debris in the Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) and the Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), helping Digantara to augment its SSA capabilities to offer global space traffic management operations.
Once completed, the observatory will be able to track objects as small as 10 cm in space. High-quality observations, along with those of its partner’s ground-based sensor network, will enable Digantara to monitor events occurring in deep space, especially in the geostationary, medium and high-Earth orbits. The data will help reduce the potential for collisions between satellites and other spacecraft by making more accurate predictions about their location, speed and trajectory.