December 5, 2022

India is developing technologies and crew safety protocols required for human space flight missions: Minister

Government says, at present there are no laws governing space tourism in the country and there are no plans to make a law specific to space tourism

About 15 start-ups are working in the domain of offering satellite services i.e. value-added services through satellite data

New Delhi, Government on July 28 told Rajya Sabha that at present there are no laws governing space tourism in the country and there are no plans to make a law specific to space tourism. However, as part of ‘Gaganyaan’ mission, India is developing technologies and crew safety protocols required for human space flight missions.

Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Dr. Jitendra Singh said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is currently developing technologies for Human Rated Launch Vehicle, Orbital Module, Life Support System, Crew Escape System, Human Centric Products and Crew Recovery for Gaganyaan Mission. All these technologies will act as building blocks for pursuing space tourism in future.

In another question related to private start-ups offering satellite services to global customers, Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that about 15 start-ups are working in the domain of offering satellite services i.e. value-added services through satellite data. The Minister said, Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre [IN-SPACe] is conducting a survey to build the capability matrix of Indian start-ups, which shall serve as the definite database for private activities in space sector.

In light of the space reforms announced by the Government in 2020, greater participation of Non-Government Entities [NGEs] is envisaged in carrying out end-to-end activities in space sector. Under these reforms, Government may consider Public Private Partnership (PPP) for advancement of space technology.

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