Agartala: There’s good news for science enthusiasts in Tripura as the state government is contemplating to revive a ‘spacecraft simulator’ at the Sukanta Academy for Science, Arts & Culture in Agartala, much like the one at Science City in Kolkata.
A team of three senior scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) met Tripura minister for science and technology Sudip Roy Barman and placed a proposal to develop the space craft simulator at Sukanta Academy on Tuesday.
Expressing satisfaction over his meeting with the ISRO scientists, Barman said that the discussion was held on how to develop the simulator at the earliest.
On December 24, 2008, Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency (TREDA) inaugurated a simulator called ‘Journey to Sun via Mars', which was functional till 2014. Later, due to technical snags, the machines stopped functioning. Despite repeated attempts by the state government, the project could not be resumed.
The three ISRO scientists who met the state minister are Jiban Kumar Pandit, Raghu R and Bipul Das.
The minister in recent times took the decision of restarting the centre by introducing a new space gallery or museum in the interest of the students of the state. “I have taken special interest to restart the centre so that the students can learn and do the research on space science and technology in the state,” the minister added.
The team members from the ISRO have been asked to file a report by March end this year and then the project will be completed within six months.
Meanwhile, the ISRO team members have left for Kolkata to visit the Science City where a space gallery is already exists. The scientists will soon place a complete report to the state government, including the budget required to complete the work for reviving the much-awaited simulator at Sukanta Academy