Kerala to set up country’s first space park


KOCHI: The Kerala Government will set up the country’s first state-of-the-art space systems park at the knowledge city in Thiruvanathapuram to attract global startups working in space sector and also make 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 Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a major centre of ISRO, as a befitting memorial to former president and top space scientist, will also be located at the sprawling site, as part of the overall infrastructure of the space park .

The state government has issued orders to allot the land required for the facility. This will be an added attraction to the space 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, 16.07 acres, now having SEZ status, will be de notified 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 startup incubator, accelerators including Airbus Bizlab, skill training systems and production units.

“With the space park materialising, Kerala capital will become a key hub of space technology in the country”, said M Sivasankar, secretary, Electronics and IT, Kerala.


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