Pixxel – Turning an idea into a space start-up from the campus of BITS Pilani

Pixxel, a space startup by two 20-year-old entrepreneurs from BITS Pilani is building a constellation of nanosatellites that can provide an entirely new kind of dataset that can help detect, monitor and predict global phenomena in near real-time. Kshitij Khandelwal, a co-founder at Pixxel talks about their journey so far and plans ahead.

Pixxel is building a constellation of earth-imaging small satellites to provide an entirely new kind of dataset that today’s satellites aren’t capable of. The planned constellation of satellites will provide global coverage every 24 hours enabling organisations around the globe to detect, monitor and predict global phenomena in near real time.… Click here to read the complete article

An institutional investor’s thesis for funding NewSpace in India

In this episode, Mahesh Murthy who runs Exseed Fund, an institutional capital source that plans to invest in NewSpace companies in India talks about Exseed Space now known as Satellize and his thesis of why it is a great time for investing in NewSpace companies in India.

Mahesh Murthy is among India’s best-known and most-successful investors. He has twice been named “India’s Best VC of the Year”, an award voted on by investors in VC funds. Mahesh runs Exseed, Asia’s only fund focused on space companies. Exseed believes in the ‘new space’ thesis, and has already earmarked a dozen investments including Satellize (earlier known as Exseed Space) – India’s first private company in space, with successful launches on SpaceX and ISRO; GroundCloud – an upcoming offering of ground stations-as-a-service and HF Signals – a digital radio communications firm.… Click here to read the complete article

Episode 10: Space law and its relevance for the rise of India’s space entrepreneurs

What is space law? Is it important to have one to help entrepreneurs, investors and users of space-based services in India? How effective is India’s draft space activities bill put out by the Department of Space (DOS)? How do other countries handle regulating their space industry and what are the lessons for us? These are some interesting questions that Deepika provides an insight into the need for effective space policy in India.

 

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Commercial space activities need to be inclusive of emerging NewSpace players

In this episode, Rakesh Sasibhushan, the current Chairman and Managing Director of Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation talk about Antrix’s activities, the evolving landscape of commercial space activities in India and the need to be inclusive of emerging NewSpace players.

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Making model rocketry accessible as a tool in hands-on education

In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Divyanshu speaks about his journey from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology to ISRO and from there to kicking off Rocketeers. He talks about the challenges they faced in the early days and how they’ve overcome many of them to be the largest producer of model rockets in India.

Rocketeers is India’s first solid fuel-powered model rocket kit manufacturer, supplying kits to schools, colleges and rocket enthusiasts across the country. Rocketeers also provides experiential learning-based STEM education using a scientifically designed curriculum, experiments and projects to STEM education organisations and educational institutions across the country.… Click here to read the complete article

Building a launch vehicle startup out of India

Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based startup backed by CureFit founders Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, is developing a rocket which can be assembled and launched in a day that will be used to hurl small satellites into space, eyeing a slice of the global market for tiny satellite launches that is expected to grow over the next decade. Skyroot, founded by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists Pawan Kumar Chandana, Naga Bharath Daka and Vasudevan Gnanagandhi, expects to demonstrate its first rocket by 2021, which it says could potentially reduce launch costs by a third.

In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Pawan speaks about the vision of Skyroot Aerospace and the road to reality.… Click here to read the complete article

India’s space program needs a public outreach overhaul

Gurbir Singh is a Manchester-based Blogger and Author who has written about Yuri Gagarin’s visit to Manchester, the Indian Space Programme and more. He also runs the AstrotalkUK podcast. More information – https://astrotalkuk.org/ 

Gurbir has a new book coming soon on Stephen H Smith: India’s Forgotten Rocket Pioneer whose information is available on – https://astrotalkuk.org/stephenhsmith/

Gurbir talks about his journey as a blogger and an author covering India’s space activities. We discuss his perspectives of gaining access to information and people to write about India’s space program as well as his discovery of learning about a rocket pioneer based in Calcutta in the 1930s.… Click here to read the complete article

Challenges in building a career in Astrophysics in India

Dr. Abhijeet Borkar did undergraduate education from Fergusson College, Pune and masters in physics from the University of Pune and subsequently did his PhD at the International Max Planck Research School at Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. He is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher at the Astronomy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. 

In this episode, Abhijeet speaks about his experiences of growing up as a science fiction enthusiast to eventually starting a career in astrophysics. We talk about the challenges in understanding the avenues as well as the different career trajectories available to build a career in astrophysics.… Click here to read the complete article

Susmita Mohanty – India’s protégée of Arthur Clarke

Dr. Susmita Mohanty is a spaceship designer and serial aerospace entrepreneur. She is the CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, also co-founded MOONFRONT, San Francisco [2001-2007] and LIQUIFER, Vienna [2004-ongoing]. In this episode, she talks about growing up as a kid on the ISRO SAC campus and her journey of turning into an entrepreneur.

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India’s approach to human spaceflight with Rakesh Sharma

Wg Cdr Rakesh Sharma is a former Indian Air Force pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11, launched on 2 April 1984, as part of the Interkosmos programme. Sharma is the first Indian citizen to travel in space. In this episode, he talks about his experiences and discusses various aspects relevant to the upcoming human spaceflight program by India.

In this episode, I intentionally choose not to ask questions around Sharma’s experience in selection, training or the flight but tried to have a conversation around India’s approach to human spaceflight itself. Hope you enjoy this episode. 

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