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ISRO's scientists working for the launch at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

Private sector can put Indian space mission into higher orbit. But ISRO must take it onboard

Private sector companies need access to ISRO’s centres and labs for research and development activities in order to achieve their full potential.
ISRO chairperson K. Sivan | ANI

Private sector can now build rockets, provide launch services: ISRO chief K Sivan

To facilitate the private sector presence in ISRO, the agency has launched the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre, an independent nodal agency.
Representational image | PTI

Why Indian space start-ups are feeling forced to set up base abroad

India makes a great place for building a space business as a startup. But several local startups are still searching for foreign shores.  
The GSLV Mk-III is slated to be the launch vehicle for Gaganyaan

First trial flight of India’s Gaganyaan mission may face delay due to lockdown

ISRO had earlier said it has planned two trial flights without crew ahead of Gaganyaan -- the first one around December 2020 and the second around July 2021.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan displays a model of Chanrayaan 2 orbiter and rover during a press conference in Bengaluru on 20 August. | PTI

Modi govt wants private sector in global space race, but it’s up to ISRO to make it happen

Right now, private players can only boast of delivering low-cost products and services to ISRO, but it needs to widen its customer base and develop more design capabilities.
The Crew Dragon at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California

ISRO congratulates NASA and SpaceX for their manned mission, calls it ‘historic’

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft carried two NASA astronauts into orbit Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center, marking the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.
ISRO's scientists working for the launch at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

These are the 2 steps Modi govt needs to take for its space reforms to take off

The Modi government's latest reform, of opening up access for private players to ISRO's infrastructure, puts India on the right path to improve economic activity in the sector.
India's communication satellite #GSAT30 was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by Ariane 5 | @isro

Opening ISRO to private players — Modi govt’s latest space initiative echoes 2017 draft bill

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement Saturday was met with hope and measured skepticism as more details are awaited.
The launch of PSLV C31

Government opens space sector, ISRO facilities for private players

For boosting private participation in space activities, the government will provide level playing field for private companies in satellites, launches and space-based services.
A Cartosat-3 overview of Doha, as reprocessed by Twitter user @detresfa_

Cartosat-3 images are so clear that you can tell a truck from a car, read road markings

Social media users have begun processing Cartosat-3 images released by ISRO to test their quality. The results are stunning.

On Camera

File photo | Sushant Singh Rajput | Facebook/SushantSinghRajput

Nepotistic privilege should be a matter of social shame. It holds India back

Woke young millennials should start looking down upon friends who take the easy route of following up on their parents’ careers.
Representational image of Union finance ministry | ANI

Economy showing signs of recovery but pandemic may affect business climate: Finance Ministry

Improved kharif sowing, pick-up in electricity and petrol consumption, and higher freight movement indicate green shoots in the economy, ministry report stated.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.