AstroPolitics – Special Issue on Indian Space Dynamics of the Indian Space Program

AstroPolitics has brought out a Special Issue on Indian Space Dynamics of the Indian Space Program: Doctrine, Power, Strategy, Security, Policy, Law, Commercialization, and Technology.

Articles

Space Doctrine of India by Gurbachan Singh Sachdeva

Power Dynamics of India’s Space Program by Ajey Lele

Space, War, and Deterrence: A Strategy for India by S. Chandrashekar

Development of Space Launch Vehicles in India by Rajaram Nagappa

The Challenge of Indian National Space Policy by Kiran Krishnan Nair

Development of National Space Law for India by Kumar Abhijeet

India’s Role in the Legal Regulation of Private Actors in Space by Malay Adhikari

India’s Space Legislation: The Private Sector Speaks by Ashok Gubbi Venkateshmurthy & Narayan Prasad Nagendra

Industry Participation in India’s Space Program: Current Trends and Perspectives for the Future by Narayan Prasad Nagendra

Book Review – From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet: India’s Space Journey, edited by P.… Click here to read the complete article

Establishing India’s NewSpace Ecosystem to Capitalize a Major Space Economy – Finding the investors, their advice/insights.

NewSpace is starting to brew in India. Space startups are doing everything from sending a rover to the Moon to claim the Google Lunar XPrize, building a satellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide internet from space to rural India, providing crop risk management and for making agriculture predictable and profitable. The question is how is this different from what the government is already doing with the space agency Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO)?

The answer is simply trying to do what NewSpace stands for. Building independent B2B, B2C solutions leveraging space/satellites as medium/tools to provide services. Of course, this is an ecosystem that is being supported by the presence of a vendor base, manpower base that has a combined experience of dealing with space for the past five decades.… Click here to read the complete article

Highlights of Bangalore Space Expo 2016

The fifth edition of the biennial Bangalore Space Expo, organised by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), its commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) between 1 – 3 September 2016, saw delegates from 12 countries are attending the event. The event recorded an attendance of over 3200 business visitors besides with France as a partner Country for the first time.

On the opening day, Chairman ISRO said that the country has a constellation of 34 satellites on earth observation, communication, navigation, and other space sciences at the moment. However, he remarked that “this is significantly short, and we need to at least double the number of satellites to give reasonable service to the country.Click here to read the complete article

Reinventing India’s Space Expo

India set a trend in exhibiting its space prowess to the international community by kicking off Asia’s only focused exhibition on Space Technologies, Products and Innovations in the form of the Bangalore Space Expo in 2008.

This year, the fifth edition of the Space Expo is scheduled from 1-3 September 2016 at BIEC, Bengaluru, India, will be showcasing the latest technological advancements, related products, and technical services while providing a platform for space agencies, specialists, entrepreneurs and space industry heavyweights to display their visions.

The last edition, Space Expo BSX 2014 – held in Bengaluru, witnessed encouraging participation from the Space Industry from around the globe.… Click here to read the complete article

ISRO/Antrix-Devas arbitration fiasco explained

It may seem strange that when a government cancels a potentially scandalous contract in order to restrict possible losses to the exchequer, it still ends up paying.

And yet, this exactly what is happening with the continuing fallout of the controversial Antrix-Devas deal. As of Tuesday, two international arbitration mechanisms have ruled against the Indian government over the way it cancelled a contract between Antrix Corporation (ISRO’s commercial arm) and telecommunications firm Devas Multimedia.

The first arbitration outcome – which was conducted by the International Chamber of Commerce – resulted in the Indian government receiving a fine of nearly Rs. 4,500 crore ($672 million) for unilaterally terminating the contract with Devas.… Click here to read the complete article

Why won’t there be a SpaceX in India, unless…

Many of us dream of becoming astronauts who reach out for the stars when we are young despite India not having a human space programme. As we grow up, we start to live up to the expectations of our society and make our ends meet by not chasing such wild dreams rather shaping our talent to contribute to the upcoming opportunities by taking jobs in the government or the private sector or by being academics. There are some who achieve their dreams of working in the space sector and join ISRO as scientists and engineers.

However, there are some who continue on to dream about reaching for the stars much like the way they dreamt in their childhood and take risks in chasing it.… Click here to read the complete article

ISRO’s Reusable Launch Vehicle: What Happened and What Next?

India doesn’t have a reusable launch vehicle (RLV) yet. What it has is a prototype technology-demonstrator (TD) that Indian Space Research Organisation will use to test its various components, then use their takeaways to build better prototypes. This will go on till about 2030, which is when the organisation expects to have a working vehicle – more than 30 metres long and with an engine of its own. And why does it take so long? Building a reusable launcher is no mean feat, added to which is that ISRO has to make do with its (relatively) tiny budget. The first test, called the hypersonic experiment 1 (HEX1), was conducted on May 23.… Click here to read the complete article

Exploring the Promise of NAVIC

The last week April saw India launching its seventh navigation satellite IRNSS-1G completing its regional navigation satellite system Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). On this occasion of India being one among world’s five countries which have its own GPS system and navigation system, PM Modi praising the achievement christened the service as ‘NAVIC’ for ‘Navigation with Indian Constellation’.

Unlike GPS, GLONASS or BeiDou, INRSS is a regional navigation system with a footprint that extends about 1500 km from India’s landmass. IRNSS is an interesting constellation design of seven satellites with three geostationary satellites (GEOs) (with longitude crossings at 32.5° E, 83° E, and 131.5° E) and four geosynchronous satellites (GSOs) with an inclination of 29 degrees (two each at 55° E and 111.75° E longitude crossings).… Click here to read the complete article

Space as a Tool in Indian Foreign Policy & Diplomacy

Technological capabilities in outer space have long been used as an effective tool of foreign policy. Some of the prominent examples being U.S using its LandSat satellites to give away data; the Russians flew our own Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma. We in India have established a long-standing space programme with a history of over 50 years of space exploration. However, have we put to use our capabilities to use as a tool of foreign policy as effectively as other countries?

To recall some of such prominent exchanges, India has some of the best remote sensing satellites in the world and we have provisioned downlink capabilities for these remote sensing satellites for a number of countries.… Click here to read the complete article

India’s NewSpace Entrepreneurs Series: Neha Satak interviewed by Susmita Mohanty

In this edition of India’s NewSpace Entrepreneurs Series: Neha Satak, the Co-founder, CEO of Astrome Technologies is interviewed by Susmita Mohanty. Astrome Technologies, an Indian space technology company is leveraging on cutting edge satellite technology to provide high speed, location free internet. By doing this, Astrome is not just providing an innovative, high tech, solution to a practical problem – it is also opening the doors for a potential transformation in the lives of people who were so far denied access to the latest in technology. Astrome’s first set of satellites are scheduled to take off in 2018.