India-Bhutan friendship to touch skies, literally! ISRO to help Bhutan launch its first satellite
Four Bhutanese engineers have arrived to undergo training at the UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bengaluru.
The training which has started from December 28, 2020, will go on up to February 25, 2021. It will be in two phases – the first phase will involve various theoretical and technical aspects as well as visits to laboratories and test facilities.
The second phase will have the Bhutanese teamwork with ISRO in activities towards developing the small satellite for Bhutan, INS-2B.
India & Bhutan Space Cooperation
India and Bhutan had in August 2019, agreed to work together in developing a small satellite for Bhutan jointly. It is in line with the vision of the King of Bhutan to harness space technology for the benefit of its people.
Towards this, a Joint Working Group (JWG) has been formed to assist with the implementation of the project, which also includes developing a geo-portal system. This system using remote sensing and geo-spatial data is going to help Bhutan for natural resources and disaster management.