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British Minister visits ISRO ISAC, wants increased collaboration in Space Tech Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Bangalore: British Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, visited the ISRO Satellite Centre in order to strengthen partnerships in India - UK space technology.

Willetts invited India to partner with the UK in its TechDemoSat programme. TechDemoSat is an industry-led technology demonstration satellite which aims to provide a low-Earth-orbit test bed to help demonstrate the technical maturity and commercial viability of innovative new space technology. It is a low-cost satellite platform into which payloads will be packaged from a range of industrial and academic organisations.

He set out his vision for a broader and deeper partnership between the two countries that builds on the complementary strengths of the UK and Indian expertise in space science.

Willetts, who was accompanied by the British Deputy High Commissioner to Karnataka and officials from the UK Space Agency and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, viewed the construction of Resourcesat-2 and a satellite testing facility at ISAC.

Dr TK Alex, Director of the ISRO Satellite Centre, invited the UK to consider the possibility of partnering with India in the training of the next generation of space scientists through academic exchange between the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific and leading UK universities.

"It is a great honour to be the first visiting UK Minister to tour ISAC. I am deeply impressed by the facilities that I have seen and potential real-world impact of satellites like Resourcesat-2 on areas such as agricultural production and water resource management. I am delighted that Dr Alex shares my vision of much closer cooperation and collaboration between the UK and India on space science and innovation and I look forward to welcoming an Indian delegation to the UK in the near future," said David Willetts.

Willetts oversees higher education, science and research (including Research Councils), life sciences, innovation, also responsible for the Technology Strategy Board, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Energy Technologies Institute, the Design Council, the British Standards Institute and Space. He first visited India in July 2010 along with a major UK delegation to India which was led by the British Prime Minister David Cameron and joined by a team of Cabinet ministers, senior British business representatives, leading academics and sporting figures.

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