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Bengaluru Space Expo 08 : Challenging opportunities for Indian industries Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008
Bangalore: "In the next 5 years, Indian space Programme has an ambitious goal of launching several satellites for applications in communications, navigation, disaster management and all weather remote sensing," said Mr.Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO while delivering the keynote address at the Maiden Bengaluru Space Expo (BSX) – 2008,organized by CII in association with ISRO and Antrix corporation ltd in Bangalore

He further added, "With this vibrant program, there will be challenging opportunities for industries in India and abroad to provide equipment and services. These include many small and medium enterprises."

"Space has given humanity the vision of an integrated world" – Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO at the inauguration of Bengaluru Space Expo - 2008"Space has given humanity the vision of an integrated world" – Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO at the inauguration of Bengaluru Space Expo - 2008

Mr.Nair also emphasized that if space has to remain as a major driver for growth issues like Conducive space environment, Reduction of the cost to access to space for growth, Global application of space technology to serve individual families and small communities throughout globe needs to be addressed.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr.Ashok Soota, Past President, CII & Chairman and Managing Director, Mind Tree Ltd said, " CII is delighted to partner with ISRO and Antrix in organizing this event. BSX-2008 brings together industry with space agencies to jointly explore commercial and civilian applications. The Expo will highlight India's prowess in various areas of space, including manufacturing, launch services, communication, meterology, and space sciences. It will increase the number of space nations through international collaborations and expand the vendor base."

He further added, "The Global space industry is now over $250 billion in size, ranging from satellite manufacturing and launching to imaging, navigation and telecommunications. Downstream spin-offs for design, engineering, research, and applications for vendors of all sizes are large, with the satellite industry itself projected to grow from $120 billion now to as much as $1.2 trillion."

Also present at the inaugural session of BSX 2008 were Mr. Vinay Deshpande, Past Chairman, CII, Karnataka, Mr. Sridhar Murthy, MD, Antrix Corporation Ltd., Mr. Y.S. Rajan, Principal Advisor, CII and Mr. Gurpal Singh, DDG, CII.

BSX- 2008 saw huge participation from companies such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Bharat Electronics Ltd., ECIL. Participants from the manufacturing and machine tools sector included Bay - Forge Ltd, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), Lakshmi Technology and Engineering Industries Ltd, PMT Machines, Noble Fastening & Cutting Technologies, TATA Advanced Materials Ltd, Walchandnagar Industries Ltd.

BSX- 2008 also witnessed huge international participation from Arianespace-France, Infinisat (USA), European Space Agency, Israeli Space Agency, Thaicom, Yuzhnove (Ukraine), ScanEx (Russia), Intelsat, Avanti Communications Group plc, MEASAT, Asia Broadcast Satellite (HK) Limited, Hong Kong, Spectrolab Inc. (a Boeing company), Space Key Components Inc. (USA), Thales Alenia, New India assurance, Sea International Space Brokers, Space Corporation (USA), United Space Alliance (USA), AON space,  Marsh Space Projects etc and many more companies.

The Expo is scheduled from 29th November to 1st December 2008 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore.

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