Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh on Monday said Indian startups will soon launch space satellites as well as satellite constellations and try their rockets. He informed that five PSLVs are being domestically produced by L&T and HAL, while OneWeb is all set to launch its satellites through ISRO and NSIL.
Speaking at the India Space Conclave in Delhi on the occasion of first anniversary of the Indian Space Association, ISpA, Jitendra Singh said the revolutionary and out of box decision of PM Modi to unlock the space sector for private players in June 2020 changed the very nature of space ecosystem of the country.
The minister said space reforms have unleashed the innovative potentials of startups and within a short span of time, from a couple of space startups three-four years back, the number grew to 102 startups working in cutting-edge areas of space debris management, nano-satellite, launch vehicle, ground systems, research, etc. He said with the integration of R&D, academia and industry with equal stake, a space revolution led by ISRO along with the private sector and startups is on the horizon.
The strength and innovative potential of the country’s young and private industrial enterprise will take a lead in the global space technology disruption in times to come. He expressed hope that India’s young technology wizards shall breach new barriers in the field of space technology while they set out to address the limitless opportunities offered by the space domain.
Indian Space Association (ISpA), a premier industry association of space and satellite companies which was formed on October 11, 2021, is forging global linkages for the growth of the Indian space industry in a short span of one year, the minister observed and added that members of ISpA 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.