Kerala govt to set up Space Park

The Kerala government will set up a state-of-the-art Space Systems Park, claimed to be the country's first, at Knowledge City in Thiruvananthapuram to attract global start-ups working in space sector and also develop it as a major manufacturing hub for space-related technology, research and development.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, to be developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a major centre of ISRO, as a befitting memorial to the former president and top space scientist, will also be located at the sprawling site as part of the overall infrastructure of the Space Park, a press release said.

The state government has issued orders to make Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre and Space Museum part of the space park and to allot the land required for the facility.

This will be an added attraction to the park and the entire investment will be made by the VSSC.

The government will transfer 20.01 acres as lease to the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd (KSITIL) to develop the space park at Knowledge City within Technocity as an international space technology ecosystem.

Of this, 16.07 acres, now having SEZ status, will be denotified by KSITIL. The land belongs to Technopark.

The project will be implemented by the Electronics and IT Department, Government of Kerala.

Primarily a manufacturing hub for companies using GIS and other data systems, the integrated complex will also have start-up incubator, accelerators including Airbus Bizlab, skill training systems and production units.