How Bellatrix evolved to address a gap in satellite propulsion technology

Bellatrix CEO Rohan talks about how their ideas for space propulsion kicked off and took shape over time. The episode was recorded with the help of Unbounded at the Kerala SpacePark Conclave in Feb 2020.

Bellatrix Aerospace is an Indian New Space company specialising in In-space propulsion systems & orbital launch vehicles. Based out of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the company is constantly evolving to facilitate the development of key technologies in electric propulsion, new generation propellants and launch vehicles. 

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The story of Agnikul Cosmos (a small satellite launch startup)

Srinath Ravichandran, CEO of Agnikul Cosmos talks about how the startup took shape and the progress so far. 

At AgniKul, they design, manufacture, test and launch orbital class rockets for micro and nano satellites. We currently work out of the National Center for Combustion R&D at IIT-Madras. Rocket scientists, engineers, ex-bankers and space lawyers are a part of their team. This unique blend of people is one of their biggest strengths.

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Outcomes of Mangalyaan and broadening the horizon of space exploration

Jatan talks about the scope of space science missions in India and how they can be broadened in the future. We discuss deeply about Mangalyaan, its outcomes and potential lessons for the future. 

Jatan Mehta is a science writer passionate about humanity’s future in space. He was the former science officer at TeamIndus Moon Mission. His portfolio can be found at and his Twitter profile is @uncertainquark.

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How Australia matured as a NewSpace destination

There are a lot of parallels in terms of how startups in space have been emerging between India and Australia. However, policymakers in Australia have been acting more quickly to support them. In this episode, Jason talks about the early days of NewSpace in Australia and how it has matured in the last few years. 

Prior to founding Saber Astronautics, Dr. Jason Held was a US Army Major for US Space Command and deployed internationally in support of military missions. He was a lead instructor at the Interservice Space Fundamentals Course and an engineer at Army Space and Missile Command Battle Lab.… Click here to read the complete article

How legal is it to build satellites/rockets in India?

Want to build rockets/satellites in India? Here is a conversation where we discuss most policy/legal issues that surround the ability of entrepreneurs to be able to execute in India. Ashok provides great insights on what are the underlying problems that need to be solved for startups to be successful.

A dispute resolution counsel, Ashok advises clients in the U.K., Singapore, India and Switzerland on their global contractual requirements. He also assists clients in these jurisdictions for Investment funding, Intellectual Property protection and Enforcement, Telecommunication regulations, space law, Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement and Licensing, space law, taxation, gender sensitivity and data privacy.… Click here to read the complete article

Compendium of Startup/SME Views & Suggestions from Space Federation of India

SpaceFed, a newly formed Non-Profit initiative and Industry Association with the aim to advance moderate and streamline the interests of space companies in government, media, industry and public affairs while at all times, striving to build a foundation for a sustainable, consensus driven, and thriving Space ecosystem in India. SpaceFed will strive to assist Private Indian Space Startups/SMEs to work with GoI channels to boost the sector in terms of:

● Policy and Regulation
● Increasing Awareness
● Networking & global outreach

The following section is a compilation of views from 20 Private Space Startups/SMEs, working in various domains and subdomains of the Space Sector. 

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Integration of space capabilities into the Indian armed forces

  1. Lt. Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon provides an overview of the utility of space capabilities by the Indian armed forces. We discuss the historical context and connect it to the present day requirements. The challenges of involving the local industry to support the space-based requirements of the Indian armed forces presented eloquently by Gen. Menon. 

Lt. Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon is the Director of the Strategic Studies Programme. He is also Professor Emeritus at Trans Disciplinary University (TDU), Bangalore and Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

Lt Gen Menon joined the Indian Army in 1972. He has extensive operational experience in commanding counter-insurgency operations in Central, North and South Kashmir.… Click here to read the complete article

Understanding China’s Commercial Space Sector from an Indian Lens

Irina Liu and Bhavya Lal who are researchers at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) provide insights from their study of China’s commercial space sector which used original documents and first-hand Chinese-language interviews with Chinese companies and China’s industry experts.

China has had a space program since roughly the same time that NASA was created in 1958. Since the 1970s, China has launched increasingly complicated military, robotic, and human missions into space, making China a major spacefaring nation. Until recently, however, China has not had a commercial space sector in which firms vie to sell space products and services to state and private customers domestically and internationally.… Click here to read the complete article


Hey all, this is Hari Prasath, a space system major student from ISAE SUPAERO (2018-2020). I frequently get a lot of questions related to the admission process and living expenses in Toulouse from Indian students. I am listing down all the frequently asked questions with the answers so that it will be easier for you to read and know the info.  If you can’t find the information that you need, please feel free to ping me, I will be happy to help you.

Disclaimer: The answers are purely based on my personal experiences with ISAE SUPAERO and Toulouse. It may vary from person to person and facts are subjected to change, if you have any unclarified doubts feel free to mail Supaero admission office and keep checking the university website.Click here to read the complete article

Perspective of a foreign investor of space industry in India

Michael Mealling, General Partner at Starbridge VC, a space focussed venture capital fund based in the US, talks about his perspective of the Indian space industry and the emerging NewSpace startups in India.

Before Starbridge, Michael co-founded Masten Space Systems, was CTO of Seraph Group (a seed stage VC fund), is the CEO of the Waypaver Foundation, and the President of the Moon Society. His experience building companies and teams from scratch, raising money for those companies, and investing in similar companies has given Michael a view both the successes and failures at every stage of building sustainable companies.

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