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GS 3: Science & Technology | Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology.

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Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space inaugurated the UNNATI-(Unispace Nanosatellite Assembly & Training) programme organized by ISRO in Bengaluru.

UNNATI programme:

  • UNNATI, a capacity building programme on Nano satellite development, is an initiative by ISRO to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations conference on the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space (UNISPACE-50).
  • The programme provides opportunities to the participating developing countries to strengthen in assembling, integrating and testing of Nanosatellite. UNNATI programme is planned to be conducted for 3 years by U.R. Rao Satellite Centre of ISRO in 3 batches and will target to benefit officials of 45 countries. U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bengaluru is the lead centre of ISRO for design, development and integration of satellites for communication, remote sensing, navigation and scientific studies.


  • The primary objectives of the programme are:
    • To offer a simplified and increased exposure to satellite fabrication technologies, as part of the UNISPACE initiative. To provide theoretical course on satellite technology.
    • To provide intensive course on nano satellite realisation, covering mission aspects, design, fabrication, assembly, integration & testing.
    • To provide hands-on training to assemble, integrate and test a low cost, modular nano satellite.


  • UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs) works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful uses and exploration of space.
  • It also promotes the utilisation of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development.
  • The Office assists any United Nations Member State to establish legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities.
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