Sunday, June 28, 2020

Cabinet approves participation of Private Sector into Space exploration

The government’s recent reforms for the sector will not only enable private companies to build rockets and satellites but also let them use the Indian  Research Organisation’s (Isro’s) facilities,  It was perhaps the first admission that existing regulations impeded the private sector from fully participating in space exploration. And just a few days back, the Union cabinet finally approved the formation of a new organization- the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) under the Department of Space (DoS). IN-SPACe will now be in charge of regulating, guiding and promoting the activities of the private sector in the space industry. More importantly, through INSPACe, private companies will be allowed to build their own facilities on DoS premises after they vet their application.

And this is a big positive. Here's ISRO chairman, Dr. Sivan explaining this bit.

“Under the present situation, ISRO has reached its limit on providing our services due to manpower limitations and we can’t scale up more than 3 per cent market share. That’s why we need private players to get involved and that will also boost market share when they diversify into many  

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