Calling all Indian university student teams - free access to space!

We are delighted to announce the launch of SpaceShare - a new program that will enable members of academic institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across India to launch a payload into space for free.

SpaceShare is a joint initiative by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and satsearch member Exseed Space.

The aim is to provide freely available volume for 10 Eurocard-sized printed circuit boards (PCBs) in the SpaceShare Chassis which will launch on the December 2019 (as currently scheduled) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Space for each PCB will be provided to a member of an academic institution or NGO in India in order to expand and deepen ISRO’s burgeoning space program.

The 10 individuals or teams chosen to provide a PCB will be selected according to the quality of a written proposal, which will be judged on its usefulness to both the ISRO’s future missions and to India in general.

Schematic image of the SpaceShare chassis
Schematic diagram of the SpaceShare chassis showing how the PCBs will be integrated.

Each payload will need to conform to the strict specifications given in the full SpaceShare terms and conditions in order to work effectively with the launch vehicle and other equipment on-board, and some testing will be required (which participants will need to pay for) to ensure each PCB will operate according to ISRO’s requirements.

Representatives from winning teams will be invited to Hyderabad for a 1-day workshop and there will also be an opportunity to speak with ISRO engineers at your own site. Please note that expenses for both of these events will not be covered in SpaceShare.

We think this is a really exciting way to test new ideas and experiments in space, grow participation in ISRO’s activities and develop new innovations that could benefit all of India.

Space missions are complex, expensive and time-consuming, so being able to participate in a launch that has already been planned and developed in this manner is a major opportunity.

If you are interested in hearing more about SpaceShare please send us a request for information and we’ll get back to you with the full details of the program. If you are interested then please register for SpaceShare here.