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Digantara

Digantara is an Indian startup formed in 2018 by computer science engineering student Anirudh Sharma and friends Rahul Rawat and Tanveer Ahmed. What started as a small student club to build a nano satellite, led the team to participating in an ISRO-led conference and soon after was commissioned to fabricate a satellite component for a Latin American space company which turned the team into a commercial company in 2018.

After a conference in Germany on space situational awareness, the team learned about the extent of garbage circling the earth and decided to tackle the problem. This is when Digantara shifted its focus to research and development to devise a solution and applied for a patent in April 2019.

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Benefits

  • Safeguarding multimillion-dollar space assets from space debris
  • Reliable data on space weather
  • Ease of operation by end-to-end satellite mission life operation services
  • Reduction in operation cost by up to 70%.

Technology

Digantara is developing India’s first space-based surveillance platform to track space objects to help satellites companies, launch companies, space insurers, space defence forces and regulators to know the accurate situation about and around their multi-million-dollar-valued space assets protecting them from being destroyed in in-orbit collisions through our own constellation of high (one centimetre) resolution space object tracking nanosatellites.

The data collected by Digantara’s Constellation forms the highest resolution global data source on Space Situational Awareness. This is used to create a visualization of the space situational awareness thus, providing an end to end mission operation support and multiple downstream.

The platform will enable the satellite launch providers and satellite operators to subscribe for the Space Surveillance Data & Mission Operation Services. The data is channelized to insurance companies and regulators to enable space insurance services and data driven policy decision making, respectively. The data is provided to space administration agencies to monitor regulation compliance. The data is provided to space military as it is a critical enabler for defensive and offensive counterspace. Furthermore, the data is also a requisite for future space missions like debris mitigation, space manufacturing and human spaceflight.

Potential markets

  • Commercial space: mission planning & operation services
  • Insurance: risk analysis data for space insurance
  • Regulators: policy & decision making
  • Defence & government: space military powers, space administration agencies.

Partnering opportunities

The solution developed by Digantara is a great product/market fit for both, the commercial and the government verticals of the space industry.

Digantara looks forward to working closely with the Australian Government in the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) sector while also enabling Australia to extend its capabilities in the SSA domain. It aims to assist the commercial sector by providing reliable SSA services to safeguard their multimillion dollars space assets.

Furthermore, it would be a great opportunity to collaborate and work closely in the SSA capabilities development domain with research organisations and institutions across Australia.

IP status

Indian patent granted.

PCT Published.

Digantara

The data collected by Digantara’s Constellation forms the highest resolution global data source on Space Situational Awareness.


The Digantara team

Anirudh N Sharma

Anirudh N Sharma

Co-founder &
Chief Executive Officer

Rahul Rawat

Rahul Rawat

Co-founder &
Chief Operating Officer

Tanveer Ahmed

Tanveer Ahmed

Co-founder &
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Satyanarayana Malladi

Dr. Satyanarayana Malladi

Chief Scientific Officer

Shreyas J Survana

Shreyas J Survana

Design Engineer

Thamim Ansari

Thamim Ansari

Design Engineer

Sushmita Chauhan

Sushmita Chauhan

Analyst

For all media inquires please contact Georgia Minarelli from the Innovation & Collaboration Centre.

georgia.minarelli@unisa.edu.au

0413 314 726

 

South Australian Government

University of South Australia

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