Prospects for the Indian Human Spaceflight Program

Out of a population of nearly 1.3 billion, only four indian nationals have received training for a designated spaceflight mission and only one of them actually made it. Next week marks the 30th anniversary of Rakesh Sharma’s eight days in space as part of the Soviet’s Interkosmos program in 1984. He never went back and despite announcements in 2006 that the Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) would engage in Human Space Flight (HSF), now in 2014 there is no prospect of an imminent launch of an Indian astronaut by ISRO. However, a single successful rocket launch early this year suggests that ISRO may finally be making some headway.… Click here to read the complete article

India’s NewSpace Entrepreneurs Series: Govindarajan interviewed by Susmita Mohanty

Govind, the co-founder and President at Aniara Space says

While there should be a time-bound decision making process in the governmental authorities so that entrepreneurs can make their decisions quickly, Indian space entrepreneurs should carry patience along with passion, not loose hope and have faith in what they are doing.

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Govind is a co-founder and President at Aniara Space, a technology services company providing satellite-based solutions.  Aniara has initiated its own small GEO satellite program called “NexStar” utilizing a new-gen platform called “ATOM” developed jointly by Dauria Aerospace and Aniara. More @ http://www.aniara.co.in/

Originally broadcast by Radio Orange [Vienna] SPACE SPECIALS series, 21.7.2015, 17.30h http://o94.at/radio/sendereihe/space-specials/

 

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Renewing India’s space vision: A necessity or luxury?

India is one of the very few developing countries that made an early investment into space technology and has sustained it over a period of five decades. The very nature of the beginning of the Indian space programme is fundamentally differs from some of its counterparts in outer space. The Indian government has typically taken a stand on utilisation of outer space for civilian benefits and development of a national space infrastructure that can independently serve the vision of facilitating the civilian benefit programmes. This particular stand has eventually created a vibrant space programme that has indigenously developed capabilities in space, launch and ground systems on the upstream and specific civilian programmes (resource monitoring, meteorology, disaster management, etc.) on the downstream.… Click here to read the complete article