The sky is no limit for the space economy

– IN-SPACe, a one-stop nodal agency works between ISRO and Non-Governmental Private Entities (NGPE)

– Acceleration of NGPE participation in India’s space exploration activities

– N-SPACe is a balanced playground for pvt entities in Indian space exploration

Mumbai: The space economy is a new growing sector in the Indian economy. This can be gauged by the fact that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the first time spoke about it in her budget speech earlier this year. A host of activities have taken place in the recent past in the sector that will help the sector take the leap.

After the resounding success of ambitious projects such as Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan, India’s space program is ready for the next step. Leading the country’s efforts since 1969, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is currently working to launch Gaganyaan, India’s first manned spaceflight mission.

IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center) is a one-stop nodal agency that works between ISRO and Non-Governmental Private Entities (NGPEs), accelerating the participation of NGPEs in space exploration activities in the world. ‘India.

IN-SPACe, whose headquarters will be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 10 in Ahmedabad, will provide a level playing field for private entities in Indian space exploration through an encouraging regulatory environment for optimal utilization of space assets from the country. The information in this regard was given by Pawan Goenka, President of IN-SPACe, through his Tweet.

IN-SPACe, approved by the Cabinet of the Union in June 2020, will be the nodal agency that will enable space activities and the use of facilities belonging to the Department of Space by private non-governmental entities and ensure greater private participation in the sector. The IN-SPACE initiative is a step towards the future. The agency aims to transform India’s space activities from a “supply-driven” model to a “demand-driven” model. It aims to pave the way for future prospects in the production of launchers and satellites, launch services as well as space services.

Speaking to Bizz Buzz, Dr Chaitanya Giri, Consultant, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (autonomous body of the Ministry of External Affairs), said, “India’s aspiration for a $10 trillion by 2035 goes through the digital economy, and the foundations of the digital economy lie in the space economy. Thus, the space economy is the lifeline of both aspirations.”

PLI programs for semiconductors, electronics and a wide range of hardware will be galvanized by the space economy, he added. There are a number of startups that have entered the space business. They include ‘Sky Root’, ‘Digantara’, ‘Manastu’, ‘Kawa’ and ‘Pixxel’.

In what can be called a revolution in satellite communications in the country, Nelco, India’s leading and fastest growing satellite communications service provider, and Telesat, a global satellite, recently carried out their first in-orbit demonstration of high-speed broadband connectivity in India with Telesat’s Phase 1 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, marking another milestone in the introduction next-generation satellite communication technologies in the country.

The test campaign was conducted from April 25-29 at Nelco’s Mahape teleport and used an 85cm Intellian satellite dish to connect to Telesat’s LEO Phase 1 satellite.

Telesat Lightspeed is an advanced, enterprise-class satellite network that leverages Telesat’s innovative architecture and global priority Ka-band spectrum rights. Telesat light-speed satellites incorporate next-generation technologies, including in-space data processing, advanced phased array antennas, reconfigurable beams and optical inter-satellite links for a fully interconnected global mesh network in space.

Speaking on this new development, PJ Nath, MD and CEO of NELCO said, “This is truly an exciting time for the Satcom and Nelco industry. With this successful trial, we are confident to bring Telesat Lightspeed LEO satellite communication services to India. This will help meet the market need for fiber-like connectivity in the more remote parts of the country with high reliability and flexibility of satellite communication. »

“Designed for secure, high-speed, low-latency connectivity, Telesat Lightspeed will bring unparalleled flexibility and capabilities for enterprise applications and extend the reach of terrestrial networks across India,” said Glenn Katz, Director commercial of Telesat.

It was in February that digital service provider Jio Platforms Ltd (JPL) partnered with SES, one of the world’s leading providers of satellite content connectivity solutions, to provide high-performance satellite broadband services. all over India.

The joint venture, known as Jio Space Technology Ltd (JSPL), will provide the next generation of scalable and affordable broadband services in India leveraging satellite technology. JPL and SES will hold 51% and 49% of the capital of the joint venture respectively. The joint venture will use multi-orbit space networks which are a combination of geostationary (GEO) and medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellations capable of providing multi-gigabit links and capacity to enterprises, mobile backhaul customers and retail throughout the length and breadth of India and adjoining regions.

The joint venture will be the vehicle for providing SES’s satellite data and connectivity services in India, except for certain international aeronautical and maritime customers which may be served by SES.

Akash Ambani, Director of Jio, said: “As we continue to grow our fiber and FTTH-based connectivity business and invest in 5G, this new joint venture with SES will further accelerate the growth of multi-gigabit broadband. . new adventure combining our massive reach and customer base with SES’s innovative leadership and expertise in the satellite industry.”

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