Is India turning a blind eye to space commerce?

A week ago the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) completed its 100th orbit around the red planet,[i] marking yet another milestone for the country’s space efforts which recently made history as the first country to achieve such a feat in its maiden attempt.[ii] The success of MOM has been put to great use to create a buzz in the society with the mainstream Indian media priding on comparing the incomparable in making monetary comparisons with NASA’s Mars mission MAVEN, while the political world took to metaphors of comparing the mission costs to Hollywood movies and auto rickshaw rides.… Click here to read the complete article

Why India went to Mars

India went Mars because Japan and China had tried and failed and she wanted the glory of the first Asian country to succeed. The small cars sized Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) with its modest 15kg science package of five instruments was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 5th November 2013 from India’s space port Shriharikota on the east coast and is due to arrive on 24th September. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and USA gave rise to the Space Race that took men to the Moon has now re-emerged in Asia. Japan, India and China now competes for national prestige and glory in space “firsts” but just like the Space Race of the 1960’s each nation denies that a race exists.… Click here to read the complete article

Attempts to Commercialize: Reality Check for Indian Space Economy

Outer Space has always posed daunting challenges to the people who have attempted to conquer it. The technology involved in the domain of the outer space is generally considered to be high end and so the number of players interested in the domain is presumably high. One very important point of consideration is that while the investment on the technology is staggeringly high, the returns on investments are not assuring as of yet.

The underlying concept of the subject is that the outer space is not open for the individual control of any state, private entity, or otherwise. Interestingly, while high end technology stands as the basis for patent rights; space technology developed, worked in the outer space does not enjoy such protection around the world.… Click here to read the complete article