In a bid to build Centers of Excellence (COE) for a few chosen verticals in contrast to the usual Real–Estate development model, the Kerala government will set up the country’s first state–of-the-art Space Systems Park in Kerala. Spread over 18 acres of land, the space park aims to become the major manufacturing hub for space related technology, and attract global startups working on research and development in the space sector.
The Electronics and IT Department of the government of Kerala implementing the project invites stellar designs from architects, that meets the vision (of centers of excellence), the domain (Space Technology) and our geographic flavour. With Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Park being the highlight of the Nano Space Park, design takes into consideration both the production ecosystem (manufacturing /component assembly, testing) and the Application Ecosystem (Image analytics, GIS etc.).
The Space Tech COE is being developed under three sub verticals with short, medium and long term view of the industry growth in mind. The three identified verticals are Space Technology Application Development Ecosystem (STADE), Nano Space Park (NSP) and the Space& Aero Park. These verticals have a growth potential from Short term, near term and long-term perspectives, respectively.
The design must include the nano space park structured in eighteen acres of land with the buildings mentioned below holding not more than five acres of land. The design must leave room for private companies to establish their set ups as well.
The proposed Space Park would be located in Pallipuram, a lush green location just aside of NH-66. The frame work for the nano space park is divided and categorized into 4 blocks i.e. Block A, B, C & D respectively. The modalities and the components of each block to be elaborated at a later stage are as follows:
- Block A – Development Centre
- Block B – STADE Centre
- Block C – Command and Control Centre (Ground Station)
- Block D – Other Private facilities
The development Centre primarily focuses on core manufacturing, hardware integration, hardware testing and other lab or shop floor related works.
The facilities in the Centre shall be stacked in multistoried building which shall primarily be an integrated Centre. The development Centre can be extended in a phase manner in a multi storied facility Centre exclusive for development and production of small satellites and subsystems.
The facilities are targeted for production capacity of 50 satellites weighing 50Kg or less typically for 1U or 3U models. However with the recommended facilities ‘n’ number of subsystems can be developed parallel utilizing the infrastructure. Block A or Development Centre can be categorized as below as per this approach.
|Ground Floor||Manufacturing Facilities + Work Space|
|First Floor||Subsystem Assembly + Work Space|
|Second Floor||Simulation Floor + Work Space|
|Third Floor||Clean Room, Integration Room + Work space|
The built in structures can be a prefab model in order to save time and to keep the cost optimal. Each of the floors in addition to facility Centre shall have workspaces for the startups/teams to operate in the subsequent floor. The workspaces across each floor can also be used as incubation model for the startups focusing on space sector.
The overall floor area for the core facilities can be of 20,000 sqft for housing the heavy machines, testing equipment etc. inclusive of workspaces around the Centre core. These workspaces are utilized for developing products or modules along with co-working spaces. Such facilities across each floor shall provide enough space for startups and research teams which can operate as an incubation model.
The manufacturing facilities Centre which shall be housed in the Ground Floor of the development Centre block which shall primarily house all the heavy machines, fabrication facility units, prototyping facilities and hardware development lab. This lab shall be multipurpose in nature, i.e. can be utilized for satellite production as well as subsystem component development.
Subsystem Integration and Testing Facility:
The Subsystem Integration and Testing Facilities Centre which shall be housed in the First Floor of the development Centre block which shall primarily house all the facilities required for subsystem integration and testing facility. This lab shall be multipurpose in nature, i.e. can be utilized for satellite production as well as subsystem component as a product development.
The Simulation Facilities centre which shall be housed in the Second Floor of the development centre block, which shall be a high-end technology lab to carry out all the simulations. This lab shall be multipurpose in nature, i.e. can be utilized for satellite production as well as subsystem component as a product development. This facility could also be used as design lab and software development lab.
|Sl.No.||Space Park Category – Facility||Facility Description/ BOM|
|1||Design Lab||Computer facilities, Servers, Internet|
|2||Simulation software’s||Software’s which are customized, license versions etc.|
Clean Room and Integration Centre:
The Clean Room and Integration Centre which shall be housed in the Third Floor of the development Centre block which shall be a high precision clean room labs for testing, integration and system engineering activities. This lab shall be multipurpose in nature, i.e. can be utilized for satellite production as well as subsystem component as a product development. The detailed facilities under this section are provided below. This facility could also be used as design lab and software development lab.
|Sl. No.||Space Park Category – Facility||Facility Description/ BOM|
|1||Satellite Integration Facility||A pair of Form 2 SLA printers|
|Clean Room of 1 Lakh Class.|
|Satellite Specific Fixtures (Custom Made),|
|Standard Electrical Testing Equipment,|
|High End Computers for Subsystem Level Testing and Satellite Level Testing.|
|2||Ground Check out Lab||High End Computers|
|Payload test and/or simulation:
This block will house STADE (Space Technology Application Development Ecosystem) and will be the epicenter where the Software development / application development activity would happen. It will be setup like a typical s/w development infrastructure (like in Technopark) with multi-floor capability (around 100,000+ sq.ft. – 7 / 8 floor block) with plug and play facilities and warm shell facilities. A common The Business and Customer Engagement facility Boardroom, Dining facilities, Coffee shops/Restaurants and other common facilities will also be housed the Centre.
The common facilities in the Centre would be
- Office space for Park Administration Team
- Banking & Financial institutions
- IP cell
- Space Qualification Counseling, TRL (Test Readiness Level certification) Advice & Dual Use technology mentoring facilities.
- Multi-utility Hall
- Common Board room
- Landing point for Telecom providers
- Multi vendor kitchen and service area + Dining area
This block shall be housed far from the other blocks, this area should be free from obstructions. This centre acts a command and communication centre also called as Ground Station to command, monitor and track the small (amateur) satellites. This area could be also used for multipurpose like liaising with hobby communication groups like ham radio network etc. The ground station for small satellites can be housed on the high terrace buildings.
|S.N.||Space Park Category – Facility||Facility Description/ BOM|
|Ground station||Computer facilities, Servers, Internet|
|VHF/UHF/Uplink and downlink|
|Tele command RF and Telemetry RF Stations (Receiving And Transmission)
Uplink, Downlink Antenna
|2||Software||Mission Control Software
Real-time Command and Control Middleware
|3||Antenna Control||Antenna Control: Computers driving the antenna motors|
|4||Trans communication Modules||RF Transmission: Modulator, RF Power Amplifier|
|RF Reception: Low Noise Amplifier, Automatic gain Control, Demodulator|
Block – D Other Private facilities
The Space Park will allocate around 10 acres of land for private parties to establish hi-tech manufacturing Centre in the park. The private establishments will have a combination of assembly, small-scale manufacturing, electronic fabrication and other similar units.