Dhruva Space is no stranger to the international space-tech industry. Known for creating small satellite systems for commercial and government markets, the Hyderabad-based company, which started in 2012, is headed up by CEO Sanjay Nekkanti, and has Chaitanya Dora, Rahul Ravi Kumar, Vishal Latha Balakumar, Abhay Egoor, and Krishna Teja Penamakuru on board.
When the company applied to present at this year’s Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference (May 11 and 12 at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California), they were not accepted for one abstract but three. This conference is put together by students, alumni, and staff from Caltech, MIT, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and NASA’s Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute; and the idea is to explore mission concepts, discuss emerging technologies, and foster ‘outside the box’ thinking that will be critical to future interplanetary small satellite missions. Owing to the lockdowns and quarantines, the conference stays globally inclusive but goes virtual.
And though this year’s conference is virtual, Sanjay enjoyed the fruits of such