India’s National Space Transportation Policy - The Right Stuff or Work in Progress?
As India reforms and liberalizes its commercial space sector, the government has issued a series of seven – yes seven – separate policy discussion documents over the last year pertaining to Remote Sensing, Satellite Communication, Transfer of Technology, Humans in Space, Geospatial Data, Satellite based IoT, Space Transportation – and media reports the government is also considering a Production Linked Investment (PLI) scheme for the satellite industry. The most recent of these space policies is the Department of Space’s Draft National Space Transportation Policy- 2020: Norms, Guidelines & Procedures (NGP) which calls for an opening of India’s satellite launch and commercial spaceport sectors.
The policies are intended to promote the Indian private industry in evolving and capturing foothold in the global market. With minimal domestic demand, it is imperative for Indian Companies to explore clients and opportunities outside of India. Will these policy measures enable unlocking the commercial space ecosystem in India to tap international markets? Will there be equal reciprocal opportunities for the global industry to enter the Indian market? Will the policies incentivize Foreign Direct Investment and Partnerships with the Indian Space ecosystem?
In the next in a series of discussions around U.S.-Indian commercial space opportunities, SSPI-India and USIBC will organize their third webinar this year to discuss India’s draft NSTP with a panel of industry experts from the launch and spaceport community with insight and expertise from India’s and the U.S. commercial space industry.
Moderator: Louis A. Zacharilla, SSPI
- Pawan Kumar Chandana, Co-Founder & CEO, Skyroot
- Susan M. Davenport, Chief Economic Development Officer, Greater Houston Partnership
- Steve Eisele, Vice President of Business and Strategy, Virgin Orbit
- Jyotsna Jayaram, Partner, Telecommunications, Media & Technology, Media (TMT), Trilegal
- Dr. George Nield, Global Spaceport Alliance
- Srinath Ravichandran, Co-Founder & CEO, Agnikul
- Jimmy Spence, Senior Marketing/Business Development Specialist, Houston Spaceport, Houston Airport System