Making model rocketry accessible as a tool in hands-on education

In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Divyanshu speaks about his journey from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology to ISRO and from there to kicking off Rocketeers. He talks about the challenges they faced in the early days and how they’ve overcome many of them to be the largest producer of model rockets in India.

Rocketeers is India’s first solid fuel-powered model rocket kit manufacturer, supplying kits to schools, colleges and rocket enthusiasts across the country. Rocketeers also provides experiential learning-based STEM education using a scientifically designed curriculum, experiments and projects to STEM education organisations and educational institutions across the country.… Click here to read the complete article

Building a launch vehicle startup out of India

Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based startup backed by CureFit founders Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, is developing a rocket which can be assembled and launched in a day that will be used to hurl small satellites into space, eyeing a slice of the global market for tiny satellite launches that is expected to grow over the next decade. Skyroot, founded by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists Pawan Kumar Chandana, Naga Bharath Daka and Vasudevan Gnanagandhi, expects to demonstrate its first rocket by 2021, which it says could potentially reduce launch costs by a third.

In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Pawan speaks about the vision of Skyroot Aerospace and the road to reality.… Click here to read the complete article

India’s space program needs a public outreach overhaul

Gurbir Singh is a Manchester-based Blogger and Author who has written about Yuri Gagarin’s visit to Manchester, the Indian Space Programme and more. He also runs the AstrotalkUK podcast. More information – https://astrotalkuk.org/ 

Gurbir has a new book coming soon on Stephen H Smith: India’s Forgotten Rocket Pioneer whose information is available on – https://astrotalkuk.org/stephenhsmith/

Gurbir talks about his journey as a blogger and an author covering India’s space activities. We discuss his perspectives of gaining access to information and people to write about India’s space program as well as his discovery of learning about a rocket pioneer based in Calcutta in the 1930s.… Click here to read the complete article

Challenges in building a career in Astrophysics in India

Dr. Abhijeet Borkar did undergraduate education from Fergusson College, Pune and masters in physics from the University of Pune and subsequently did his PhD at the International Max Planck Research School at Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. He is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher at the Astronomy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. 

In this episode, Abhijeet speaks about his experiences of growing up as a science fiction enthusiast to eventually starting a career in astrophysics. We talk about the challenges in understanding the avenues as well as the different career trajectories available to build a career in astrophysics.… Click here to read the complete article

Susmita Mohanty – India’s protégée of Arthur Clarke

Dr. Susmita Mohanty is a spaceship designer and serial aerospace entrepreneur. She is the CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, also co-founded MOONFRONT, San Francisco [2001-2007] and LIQUIFER, Vienna [2004-ongoing]. In this episode, she talks about growing up as a kid on the ISRO SAC campus and her journey of turning into an entrepreneur.

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India’s approach to human spaceflight with Rakesh Sharma

Wg Cdr Rakesh Sharma is a former Indian Air Force pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11, launched on 2 April 1984, as part of the Interkosmos programme. Sharma is the first Indian citizen to travel in space. In this episode, he talks about his experiences and discusses various aspects relevant to the upcoming human spaceflight program by India.

In this episode, I intentionally choose not to ask questions around Sharma’s experience in selection, training or the flight but tried to have a conversation around India’s approach to human spaceflight itself. Hope you enjoy this episode. 

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A management graduate in India’s space agency during the 70s

Did you know that India was the first country in the world to contract a commercial space launch with the Soviet Union!

NewSpace India now has a podcast series that exclusively talks about India’s space activities. In the second episode, Chandrashekar, an IIM grad who was recruited into the space program in the early 70s talks about this and more in the second episode of the NewSpace India podcast.

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Please share this podcast series within your network to help us reach out to your friends/family who may be interested in learning more about the benefits of space for developing countries like India.… Click here to read the complete article

NewSpace India Podcast

NewSpace India now has a podcast series that exclusively talks about India’s space activities. In the first episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Mathieu J. Weiss, the Counsellor Space for the French Space Agency (CNES) talks about some interesting topics such as how 200 Indian engineers went to France to build engines together, the roadmap for future exploration on Venus, building satellites to monitor climate change, etc.

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Apple Podcast

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Do add suggestions in the comments section if you have any advice for future episodes.… Click here to read the complete article

An app-store analogy to ISRO’s capabilities

Moore’s law in semiconductors drove the consumer electronics revolution and today the likes of Apple and Google have been able to create two-sided platforms that allow independent development of applications by anyone using their platforms. We have witnessed the growth of smartphone-based applications with the opening of their platforms to independent developers and giving them a foundation to scale the types of the range of services that people need. There are over 4 million apps today available in Apple Appstore and Google Play Store. Could we have witnessed such a diverse range of uses of the smartphone-based services with if Apple and Google only allowed its own apps in their respective platforms?Click here to read the complete article

Space 2.0 India – Creating a $10 billion space economy that supports 100,000 high-skilled jobs

Investing in space is one of those things that India got right in incubating technologies that can help us leapfrog to solving complex social problems. Fast forward 60 years from the birth of the space activities, we have established technologies to put systems together and launch satellites and deliver services. Despite all the capability, we in India captures less than 0.1% of the global space market today.

For the lack of a vision, I present my own on how do we go from where are today to possibly creating a $10 billion pie that supports 100,000 high-skilled jobs directly and indirectly by 2030?… Click here to read the complete article