Though India’s approach to space has been pragmatic, it is hindered by a lackadaisical approach by policymakers. India must recognize the stagnancy and myopia of its space program and come up with a long-term vision.
The Diplomat republished Gateway House's Dinshaw Mistry's feature on India's 100th space mission. He argues that if its space assets are used effectively, India could have a formidable fleet of five to 10 satellites dedicated for military use, and dozens more for its economic development.
If its space assets are used effectively, India could have a formidable fleet of five to 10 satellites dedicated for military use and dozens more for the advancement of its economy.
While ISRO works on maturing the GSLV technology, India should cash in on GSLV’s younger sibling - the successful and highly reliable PSLV - to compete in the international launch business.
Rocket science hasn’t gone very far, but rocket economics just made the leap. India needs to get into that game fast or risk losing a unique opportunity