Hack-proof communication network, self-eating-rockets, vanishing-satellites: ISRO

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 11/24/2021 1:15:02 PM

New Delhi, Nov 23 The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is working on several key technologies as the space race intensifies. The Indian space agency is exploring new tools from quantum communications to selfvanishing satellites to humanoid robots to sharpen its edges as it competes with global giants like Nasa and Roscosmos. Isro chairman K Sivan on Tuesday highlighted the new technologies at the 'DTDI-Technology- Conclave-2021, a summit aimed at unlocking the potential tech for the space sector. Sivan mentioned a plethora of futuristic technologies on which Isro has initiated research and development, including satellite-based quantum communication, quantum radar, self-eating-rocket, self-vanishing-satellite, self-healing materials, humanoid robotics, spacebased- solar-power, intelligent satellites and spacevehicles, make-in-space concept, artificial-intelligence- based space applications among others. New technologies like self-eating rockets will revolutionise the space sector, which is marred by growing concerns about space debris. Recent debris created by an anti-satellite test from Russia had endangered not just the International Space Station (ISS) but also the astronauts onboard. Isro is working on finding a solution to debris created from defunct satellites in orbit or rocket boosters and payload fairings that remain in orbit post launch. Meanwhile, its research on quantum communication will make the relay faster and much more secure in the coming era of quantum computers that explore quantum mechanics. Isro tested this technology in an open space separated by 300 meters earlier this year. China already has a satellite dedicated to quantum information science, Micius, and demonstrated quantum communication in a laboratory over a coiled optical fibre up to 404 kilometers long. "Isro has initiated its Research & Development initiatives, with well-defined milestones and deliverables," the agency said in a statement.


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