Kerala govt signs MoU with VSSC to develop Space Park

Giving a major boost to the Kerala Space Park project, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State government to support its efforts in promoting Space Technology vertical in the State.

The agreement was signed by State IT Secretary M. Sivasankar and VSSC Director S. Somanath in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, at the CM's Office on Thursday.

"With VSSC and the Kerala Government joining hands for the project, Kerala is set to make major strides in space technology sector. This partnership will create an ideal ambience for advanced research and development in space technology," the chief minister said.

The agreement will facilitate VSSC to support the states project to set up the country's first state-of-the-art Space Systems Park at Knowledge City in Thiruvananthapuram to attract global start-ups in the space sector and make it a major manufacturing hub for space-related technology, research and development.

"This agreement will enable to tap the full potential of Kerala in space research. The Space Park will also generate plenty of job opportunities," Somanath said.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, to be developed by VSSC, a major centre of Indian Space Research Organisation, as a befitting memorial to the former president and top space scientist, will be part of the overall infrastructure of the Space Park.