Diplomatist – Articles on Indian Space Programme

Diplomatist has covered two major stories on the Indian space programme as a part of its April 2017 edition.

Prof. Chandrashekar from National Institute of Advanced Studies has written on the launch sector with the evolution of PSLV and GSLV taking centre stage as ISRO’s capabilities in the launch sector has matured.

As the global space power games evolve, they will have a cascading effect on the threats and opportunities that the Indian programme will encounter. While opportunities can be exploited suitably, the obvious lessons that can be learned from the PSLV and GSLV experiences is that key areas of development have to be shielded from the vagaries of global power politics.Click here to read the complete article

Course on Pico/Nano/Micro-Satellites Design

Here is a great opportunity for Indian space enthusiasts and students to learn how to build a small satellite. Dr Sharan Asundi (Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Science Engineering at Tuskegee University and Visiting Researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) is offering a course on Pico/Nano/Micro-Satellites Design in Bangalore.

The objective of the course is to engage in learning the methods & processes for designing and experience hands-on training in assembling, testing of PNMSat (Pico/Nano/Micro-Satellites) systems/subsystems. The broad aims include

  • An understanding systems engineering approach to the design & development of PNMSats.
  • Review principles of Orbital Mechanics relevant to the design of PNMSats.
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The thoughts behind a NewSpace investor

Jeff Bezos – ‘Won a lottery with Amazon’ and want to use it fund my dream of an expansive human race working in space via creating an infrastructure for space economy today. Amazing parallels are drawn between internet and space on creating the underlying infrastructure.

We have taken over two decades to reap the real benefits of internet infrastructure in India. What should be our approach to space?

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Why is NewSpace important for India?

NewSpace is a movement of space entrepreneurs investing/getting backing private capital to create space products and services which are primarily targeted at B2B, B2C markets. This is different from traditional folks who target government mostly as their customer and try to hold the government as an anchor customer for them to kick-off and run their business.

The NewSpace India team has been a part of a new crowdsourced venture on tracking NewSpace companies around the world. HERE is an archive of 100s of NewSpace companies being tracked with different verticals (launch, satellite, analytics, etc.) across different geographies. Today there is evidence that there are more than 1000 NewSpace companies around the globe that have been kicked-off in the last 10 years.… Click here to read the complete article

Space 2.0 India – Your Recommendations

The Indian Space Research Organisation is on a roll. From launching 104 satellites on a single rocket to aiming to spin off industry led ventures in building satellites and rockets, the momentum of space activities in the country is picking up.

We want to ask you your thoughts and recommendations on what ISRO/Policy makers can do to take space activities to the next level. To start off, here are some recommendations we’ve collected talking to some experts.

  1. Establish a yearly independent study on the size of the space economy. Our interactions with institutional investors highlighted that they have no clue in figuring out what is the size of the markets in India in making their investment decisions.
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Space India 2.0 – Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives

With six decades of experience in exploring space for the benefit of its citizens, India has emerged as a major spacefaring nation with self-reliant capacity to undertake planetary and interplanetary missions. Having built up these capabilities while journeying through the most trying circumstances, India today stands at the crossroad: it can maximise its gains and build on its potential to build complex space missions. Several strategies are open for India’s policymakers, both short-term and long-term, to expand the utilisation of space assets and increase the overall size of the country’s space economy. 

Space 2.0 India – Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives gives insights by providing a glimpse into the past, while it connects with the present and delivers perspectives on the future dimensions of India’s space programme.… Click here to read the complete article

Traditional Space and NewSpace – Understanding the Growth Trajectories and their Potential for India’s Space Economy

With the increase in demand for space-based services in the country with a projection of 70 operational satellites needed in the country, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is increasing its engagement with the space industry for both the production of satellites and launch vehicles. Industry consortiums are being floated for the production of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (INRSS) satellites. This brings along a unique opportunity for the first time in the Indian industry ecosystem to build up systemic capacity to be able to deliver end-to-end space systems for the first time in the country.… Click here to read the complete article

AstroPolitics – Special Issue on Indian Space Dynamics of the Indian Space Program

AstroPolitics has brought out a Special Issue on Indian Space Dynamics of the Indian Space Program: Doctrine, Power, Strategy, Security, Policy, Law, Commercialization, and Technology.


Space Doctrine of India by Gurbachan Singh Sachdeva

Power Dynamics of India’s Space Program by Ajey Lele

Space, War, and Deterrence: A Strategy for India by S. Chandrashekar

Development of Space Launch Vehicles in India by Rajaram Nagappa

The Challenge of Indian National Space Policy by Kiran Krishnan Nair

Development of National Space Law for India by Kumar Abhijeet

India’s Role in the Legal Regulation of Private Actors in Space by Malay Adhikari

India’s Space Legislation: The Private Sector Speaks by Ashok Gubbi Venkateshmurthy & Narayan Prasad Nagendra

Industry Participation in India’s Space Program: Current Trends and Perspectives for the Future by Narayan Prasad Nagendra

Book Review – From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet: India’s Space Journey, edited by P.… Click here to read the complete article

Establishing India’s NewSpace Ecosystem to Capitalize a Major Space Economy – Finding the investors, their advice/insights.

NewSpace is starting to brew in India. Space startups are doing everything from sending a rover to the Moon to claim the Google Lunar XPrize, building a satellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide internet from space to rural India, providing crop risk management and for making agriculture predictable and profitable. The question is how is this different from what the government is already doing with the space agency Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO)?

The answer is simply trying to do what NewSpace stands for. Building independent B2B, B2C solutions leveraging space/satellites as medium/tools to provide services. Of course, this is an ecosystem that is being supported by the presence of a vendor base, manpower base that has a combined experience of dealing with space for the past five decades.… Click here to read the complete article

Highlights of Bangalore Space Expo 2016

The fifth edition of the biennial Bangalore Space Expo, organised by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), its commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) between 1 – 3 September 2016, saw delegates from 12 countries are attending the event. The event recorded an attendance of over 3200 business visitors besides with France as a partner Country for the first time.

On the opening day, Chairman ISRO said that the country has a constellation of 34 satellites on earth observation, communication, navigation, and other space sciences at the moment. However, he remarked that “this is significantly short, and we need to at least double the number of satellites to give reasonable service to the country.Click here to read the complete article