Recruitment Opportunities at NewSpace India, Updates on work in Space at Universities, New courses by IIRS, ISRO.
Opportunities for Astrobiology students - ISRO selects Amity University to design modules to launch into space
Dr Siddharth Pandey established the Amity Centre of Excellence in Astrobiology (ACoeA) less than three years ago. Over the years, the centre conducted India's first' Introduction to Astrobiology' Online Course and announced Earth and Space Exploration Program (ESEP) in Ladakh. When I last interviewed Siddharth, he mentioned 'the Amity Space Biology Experiment-1 which will be the first space biology experiment from India, that has been selected to fly as part of the Satellize payload on ISRO PSLV C49 PS4 Platform.'
A recent article suggests that the Indian Space Research Organization has selected Amity University to design and build two small modules to launch into space in 2021.
Recruitment Opportunities at NewSpace India
Spacefed India, a Non-Profit initiative and Industry Association, collected the recruitments for the private Indian space sector released in the past month. Here is the list:
Remote Sensing Analyst
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Business Development Intern
Embedded Hardware Engineer (Avionics)
Avionics Quality and Test Engineer
Avionics Engineer - Lead
Quality - Lead
Supply Chain Management - Lead
Mechanical Design/CAD Engineer
Quality Engineer - Composites
Structural Analysis Engineer - (Aerospace)
Business and Strategy
Three New Courses from IIRS, ISRO
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) is a premier Training and Educational Institute set up for developing trained professionals in Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GNSS Technology for Natural Resources, Environmental and Disaster Management. It regularly offers free online courses in different fields. Recently, it announced three new courses.
IIT Bombay forms Rocket Team
IIT Bombay already has a Student Satellite Team, which launched the first satellite, Pratham, in 2016. Now, a bunch of students have started the IITB Rocket Team. They plan to build a 2.5m solid rocket to begin their journey.
Until now, very few universities in India have built rockets. IIST had a team sometime back. I could only find an article dating back to 2011, suggesting that the group no longer functions.
Punjab Engineering College also had a Rocket Team that participated in Spaceport America 2017, one of the largest student rocket competitions, but I couldn't find any current updates. ThrustMIT, a rocket team from the Manipal Institute of Technology, has participated in the 2018 Spaceport America. The team is still active, as evident from their Instagram and LinkedIn pages.
Having student teams enables students to get hands-on experience in Space Technology. The IITB Satellite team has given birth to leaders who started the Manastu Space and Igniting Dreams of Young Minds (IDYM) foundation. The founding member is working at JPL. I am pursuing my PhD in Aerospace Engineering while my co-leader went on to work for ISRO.
Similarly, Pixxel and Digantara started as student groups that went on to become private-sector companies. A lot of other space startups were founded in colleges. Therefore it is good that new teams are coming up.
Know about the experience of working at ISRO
Aniruddha Ranade, Scientist/Engineer at Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, shares his experiences working at ISRO for the past year.
INSAT-1D launched on June 12 1990.