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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Investing at seed stage in NewSpace India startups

Speciale Invest is an early stage investor focusing on Tech-driven/Deep-tech ventures. They’ve invested at seed stage in Agnikul Cosmos, Astrogate Labs and Kawa Space. Vishesh, is the Managing Partner of Speciale Invest. He talks about their fund, their investees in NewSpace India startups. He also gives great tips for some of the entrepreneurs looking for seed stage funding. 

Vishesh has over 10 years of investing experience across enterprise technologies and consumer services. He has been actively involved across the life-cycle of venture capital investing from deal sourcing, building networks, investing, monitoring and creating value and exit engineering. More about Speciale Invest on … Click here to read the complete article

India’s forgotten rocket pioneer

A new book provides a detailed account of the life and work of Stephen H Smith. During 1934 and 1944 in Calcutta, he worked alone and unsupported on developing rocket transport. In 1935, he was the first to demonstrate the successful transport by a rocket of livestock, food and medicine. The book charts the story of Stephen H Smith, described by a contemporary as “the greatest one-man campaign for rocketry”. He dedicated his life working alone in northeast India to develop a new revolutionary means of transport using rocket power. 

Gurbir Singh is a UK based space writer. His professional background is in the IT sector as a Senior Cyber Security Consultant for a large IT company.… Click here to read the complete article

Building small satellite/cubesat missions in Indian universities

What goes into building a cubesat program at a university? What are the difference between university teams trying to build satellites in India against US? How can we improve the overall ecosystems in academia to build more student missions in India? Here are some great insights from Sharan.

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India’s ASAT test and its role in space security

Will space be a theatre for warfare? What message did India send out by demonstrating the ability to hit a satellite in orbit? How can India showcase leadership in space security and sustainability so that space as a domain can be used for peaceful purposes? Daniel Porras provides great insights based on his extensive experience in political and legal issues surrounding space security.

Daniel Porras is a Space Security Fellow at UNIDIR. He focuses on political and legal issues surrounding space security, in particular the progressive development of sustainable norms of behaviour for space. Follow him on

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