India will launch industry-led policies in space sector: ISRO chief

Dubai: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K. Sivan has said that India is revising its existing policies and is also in the process of bringing in new policies to increase industry participation in the space sector. Dr K. Sivan, who is Secretary of, Department of Space, said this, via a video message during the inaugural session on 'Future of Space-International Participations and Collaborations' at The India Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai.

"I hope space cooperation will further strengthen with commercial and technological collaborations," said Sivan, adding that the Indian industry has to play a big role in the space sector globally. He stressed that the recent reforms in the sector has ensured that the role of the private sector has evolved from being just suppliers to partners in the process. He also underscored that space is one of the significant areas that India is looking at for international cooperation.

Notably, India is planning to boost the space sector in the global market. With a target to make the country an economic space hub in the future, it also recently launched a new industry body, the Indian Space Association (ISpA). He said that the government is open to inviting private players in the space sector and ISRO is tying up with start-ups and industries. However, Sivan stressed the need to make outer space safe and that it is a collective responsibility of the government and non-government agencies to ensure that.

The 6-month-long Expo 2020 Dubai, which commenced early on October 1, will run till March 31, next year. Among the 192 participating countries, India has the biggest pavilion in the expo. Fifteen states and nine central ministries from India are participating in this expo.

 

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