Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA), an industry body made up of governments and private companies that aims to complement the Centre’s efforts in commercial space exploration and space communications.
“Today is the day India’s space sector receives new wings. For 75 years since independence, the Indian space has been dominated by a single umbrella of Indian government and government institutions. Indian scientists have made tremendous progress over these decades, but the need of the hour is that there should be no restrictions on Indian talent, whether in the public or private sector ” , Modi said at the inauguration of the industrial body.
Represented by founding members such as Larson & Toubro, Nelco (Tata Group), OneWeb, Bharti Airtel, MapmyIndia, Walchandnagar Industries and Ananth Technology Ltd and other members like Godrej, Hughes India, Azista-BST Aerospace Pvt Ltd, BEL, Centum Electronics and Maxar India, the organization aims to “engage with ecosystem stakeholders for the formulation of an enabling policy framework,” a government statement said.
OneWeb, backed by Bharti Group, announced that it has reached an agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO, to launch its satellite in India from 2022.
OneWeb is building its initial constellation of 648 satellites in low orbit and has already put 322 satellites in orbit. Its services are scheduled to begin this year to the Arctic region, including Alaska, Canada and the United Kingdom. By the end of 2022, it will offer its high-speed, low-latency connectivity services in India and the rest of the world.
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