Indian companies are pursuing defence offsets and commercial aviation products, but bypassing the global space economy. To build on this market requires New Delhi to overhaul its space policy, ISRO to amend its policy on contracts, and Indian industry to share the risk and investment
FOUNDER AND CEO, EARTH2ORBIT
Susmita Mohanty is the founder and CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, her third venture, and India’s first private space start-up. Her first company was an aerospace consulting firm in San Francisco [MOONFRONT, 2001-2007], the second was a space architecture and engineering design company in Vienna [LIQUIFER, 2003-present]. Susmita started her aerospace career in 1998 with NASA and Boeing. She has worked with the Americans, Japanese, Europeans, Russians and Indians - on diverse engagements in various capacities, as employee, consultant, contractor, entrepreneur and advisor. She has authored many technical papers, chaired sessions at international conferences and has been invited as a lecturer, reviewer, coach, observer and multidisciplinary expert. Susmita is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2005, she was honored on Capitol Hill with the International Achievement Award for promoting international cooperation through her orbital enterprise. Educated in India, France, and Sweden, Susmita holds multiple degrees. She has a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Gujarat University and a Master's in Industrial Design from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad [India]. She has a Master's in Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg [France] and a PhD in Aerospace Architecture from the Chalmers University of Technology [Sweden]. Disclaimer: External experts are not affiliated with Gateway House and have been presented here for reference only.
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Last modified: November 3, 2017
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