Indian Space Start-ups will soon launch satellite constellations and try their new rockets, said Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology, MoS PMO, Space and Atomic Energy, on Monday.
Addressing the India Space Conclave in Delhi on the first anniversary of the Indian Space Association (ISpA), Singh said five PSLVs are being produced by L&T and HAL, while OneWeb is all set to launch their satellites through ISRO and NSIL.
Singh said PM Modi's decision to open up the space sector for private industry in June 2020 changed the nature of India's space ecosystem.
“Today we have 102 start-ups working in cutting-edge areas of space debris management, nano-satellite, launch vehicle, ground systems, research etc,” Singh said, adding that a space revolution led by ISRO along with the private sector and start-ups is on the horizon.
Singh expressed the hope that India’s young technology wizards would breach new barriers in the field of Space Technology while they set out to address the limitless opportunities offered by the Space Domain.
The minister said ISpA members are continuously striving in undertaking policy advocacy and engaging in the reciprocation of knowledge and vision to make India a flag bearer in the sphere of Space tech domain. ISpA is acting as a major contributor toward supplementing the Indian Government’s endeavours to make India acquire a leading position in the arena of commercialised space-based excursions, he said.
Singh also said the Indian government is undertaking strong and decisive steps towards ensuring Atma Nirbharat in the Space Sector to ensure the private industrial capability and capacity are effectively energised and channelized to develop cutting-edge solutions which would give India a decisive edge over our others in times to come.
During the event, minister unveiled a sector report titled” Developing the space ecosystem in India: focussing on inclusive growth” along with Chairman ISpA, Jayant D Patil, Chairman, ISRO, S. Somnath.