Defence Ministry inks 350th contract under iDEX for miniaturised satellite

The contract was inked for the design and development of a miniaturised satellite capable of carrying electro-optical, infrared, synthetic aperture radar, and hyperspectral payloads up to 150 kilograms.
Defence Ministry inks 350th contract under iDEX for miniaturised satellite
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New Delhi: Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), the flagship initiative of the Ministry of Defence, signed its 350th contract with SpacePixxel Technologies Private Limited in New Delhi today.

The contract was inked for the design and development of a miniaturised satellite capable of carrying electro-optical, infrared, synthetic aperture radar, and hyperspectral payloads up to 150 kilograms.

The contract was exchanged between Additional Secretary of Defence Production Anurag Bajpai and Founder and CEO of SpacePixxel Technologies, Awais Ahmed Nadeem Alduri, in the presence of Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and other senior officials of the Ministry.

Speaking on the occasion, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane appreciated the unwavering commitment of new defence innovators to pushing the boundaries of technology and safeguarding the nation. Emphasising the importance of combining indigenization with innovation, Mr Aramane stated that domestic capabilities provide a foundation for fostering innovation by offering a platform for experimentation and development.

He further said that innovation fuels indigenization by driving the creation of new technologies and solutions that can be produced domestically.

The 350th iDEX contract will enable innovation in space electronics, wherein many payloads earlier deployed on dedicated large satellites are now being miniaturised.

The modular small satellite will integrate multiple miniaturised payloads as per requirement, providing advantages like faster and more economical deployment, ease of manufacturing, scalability, adaptability, and less environmental impact

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