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India close to Space Activity Bill

July 7, 2020

India is already extremely active in terms of space activity with its own rockets and related satellite activity. But now a dedicated Space Activities Bill is completing its final stages in parliament.

In June the government announced its reform plans which would allow a much greater role by India’s private sector and this would embrace rocket-building, satellites in general and launch services. Currently all this activity is carried out by India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The new plan calls for the creation of IN-SPACe, an autonomous agency working under the Dept. Of Space to promote cooperation in the private sector. In many respects the model India is following is NASA, which has no manufacturing or production of its own but commissions and finances its projects from the private sector.

ISRO’s chairman, Kailasavadivoo Sivan, said that both the nation’s overall space policy as well as the creation of the Space Activities Bill were well advanced.

The overall clarification is needed. Currently, for example, when ISRO (or the government) need high-quality satellite imagery of the ground below then it is dependent on buying technology from either Israel or the US. India is also looking to develop its own sat-nav product.

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