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Indian space agency Isro on tech innovation path, working on 46 new technologies in its innovation hub

Among some of the amazing innovations, the space agency is currently working on includes self-eating rockets and self-vanishing satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation, the country’s national space agency is working on a bunch of future technologies that could change the future course of technology-related innovations in India. Among some of the amazing innovations, the space agency is currently working on includes self-eating rockets and self-vanishing satellites. All together the agency is working on as many as 46 such new innovations in its hub.

“All our rockets have metal casings that are dropped into the sea after launch or become (final-stage) space debris. We are working on a technology through which rockets will effectively eat themselves, eliminating waste-dropping into seas and space debris. We are looking at special materials for casings that can burn up along with motors,” Isro chairman K Sivan said.

The self-vanishing satellite technology would enable spacecraft destruction, once its lifetime is over, through a ‘kill button’ to kickstart a process that will burn it up in orbit.

“When rockets fly, there are defects sometimes. Self-healing materials can correct some of these defects by themselves,” Sivan said.

Make-in-space concepts, quantum communication, and advanced radars are the other technologies Isro is focusing on as part of the plan to prepare India for the future even as private enterprises manage day-to-day launches.

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