On 16 May, the government introduced a huge reform that liberalised India's space sector, leveling the field and propelling the space ambitions of private players. Corporations such as L&T and Godrej Aerospace, can now compete and collaborate with the Indian Space Research Organisation, to build an indigenous Boeing or Lockheed Martin, and be part of global, private, space industry syndicates. The timing is significant, as the space race has accelerated with the U.S. and China marking their space territories through Accords and SEZs. India now is much better equipped to launch its space agenda. This paper analyses India's future potential.
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Chaitanya Giri, Fellow, Space & Ocean Studies Programme, Gateway House, was in discussion with Wing Commander Satyam Kushwaha, Chief Geospatial Officer, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India and Dr. Marco Bressan, Chief Product Officer, Satellogic, a Remote Sensing Satellite Technology Company , on Satellite Solutions for India's Agriculture.
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In this episode we discussed Cybersecurity and Data Threats from China with Brijesh Singh, Inspector General of Police and Former Head, Maharashtra Cyber. Hosted by Sameer Patil, Fellow, International Security Studies Programme, Gateway House.
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