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  Mar 11, 2020


What is UNNATI?

Unispace Nanosatellite Assembly and Training by ISRO (UNNATI) program. Under it, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) started a new capacity-building initiative to train 45 countries in making nano-satellites, as part of India‚Äôs efforts in Space Diplomacy.

UNNATI is one of ISRO's key initiatives commemorating 50 years since the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50) in 1968.

Elaborate on nano satellites.

Nano-satellites are one of the most promising space technologies, largely because they are simple, compact and inexpensive. They weigh up to 10 kg and will be the focus of ISRO's UNNATI training program.

Apart from Unnati, what else can be cited as a core part of India's space diplomacy?

The South Asia Satellite, also known as GSAT-9, is geostationary communications and meteorology satellite operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region. The satellite was launched in 2017. It is a part of Neighbourhood first policy.

Pakistan did not join the project.

The South Asia Satellite provides crucial information on tele-medicine, tele-education, banking and television broadcasting opportunities. It is also equipped with remote sensing state of the art technology which enables collection of real-time weather data and helps in observations of the geology of the South Asian nations.