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Indian space sector to be turned into a business activity: ISRO chairman
ISRO Chairman S Somanath stated that the Indian space sector is transitioning from a closed and secretive society to an open one, with the goal of transforming it into an economic activity. The shift is influenced by the economic success of space-related activities in countries like the USA.
India to conduct 30 space launches in 2024-25, 50% will be for private sector
This marks a considerable uptick in the Isro's launch activities, signaling a robust expansion of its space industry.
GSOA & ESA Strengthen Collaboration to Foster 5G & 6G Space-Based Systems
The MOI reinforces the synergy between satellite and terrestrial telecommunications to unlock the full potential of both technologies & propel connectivity into a new era of possibilities for all
The first edition of the Space Debris Conference debuts in Riyadh, with the participation of 470 experts and speakers
The inaugural Space Debris Conference commenced in Riyadh, focusing on the pivotal theme of "Towards Securing the Future of the Global Space Economy.
Merida Aerospace, headquartered in Tampa, is developing specialized perovskite solar cells designed explicitly for space applications. With a strategic focus on optimizing performance and cost-effectiveness for low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, the company aims to revolutionize power generation in space. By leveraging the inherent advantages of perovskite technology, Merida Aerospace seeks to enhance the efficiency and autonomy of LEO satellites, reducing reliance on bulky battery systems. This innovation promises to significantly improve the sustainability and longevity of satellite missions, marking a pivotal advancement in space exploration and telecommunications.
SIA-India's Director General, Mr. Anil Prakash, and Hughes Communications India's President, Shivaji Chatterjee, met with the new Chairman of TRAI, Shri. Anil Kumar Lahoti. They discussed efforts to improve satellite communication in rural areas and ensure equitable access to communication services. Strategies for enhancing satellite technology to serve remote regions were also discussed. This meeting underscores the commitment of industry leaders and regulatory authorities to bridge the digital divide and provide connectivity to underserved communities.
SIA-India is proud of the selection of our team member Ms. Sakshi Shree, Research Analyst, for her participation at the prestigious Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-6) and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6). Scheduled from February 19-23, Ms. Shree will lend her expertise to pivotal discussions molding global environmental policies at OECPR-6. Following this, she will actively engage in UNEA-6 from February 26 to March 1. Ms. Shree's participation promises to be instrumental in driving positive change on the international stage for climate change.
SIA-India leaders met and congratulated the newly appointed Director, Maj Gen (Dr) Ashok Kumar, VSM (Retd), of the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS). The collaboration between SIA-India and CENJOWS has been renewed for the future edition of the DefSat Conference.
We congratulate Shri Anil Kumar Lahoti on his appointment to the prestigious position of TRAI Chairman. With his vast experience in the Indian Railways, he would be well familiar with the criticality of satellite communications in various applications for the Railways. At a time when the Satcom sector is poised for high growth with a new space regulator, open regulatory environment, availability of dynamic new technologies - TRAI would play a pivotal role in nurturing the growth of this sector. We expect some pending matters like confirmation of satcom spectrum assignment charging basis to be finalised as 1% of ApGR, entry of narrowband MSS services, and increased use of USO funds for various programs by the satcom sector.

Shivaji Chatterjee, President and Managing Director, Hughes Communications India Private Limited
NASA's PACE mission, aimed at studying ocean health, air quality, and climate change impacts, has successfully launched into orbit. The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite, carried by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, is set to revolutionize our understanding of Earth's vital systems. With confirmation of signal acquisition shortly after liftoff, NASA anticipates invaluable insights from PACE's hyperspectral ocean color instrument, promising unprecedented daily global-scale monitoring of phytoplankton communities from space. This heralds a new era of scientific discovery and environmental stewardship.
SIA-India member, XDLINX Labs Private Ltd., an end-to-end nano and micro satellite platform developer, has secured a contract with US-based Almagest Space Corporation to build, launch, and operate in-orbit XDLINX Labs’s XDSAT-NS satellite integrated with the world’s first miniaturized space-grade E-band communication payload developed by XDLINX Labs for Almagest Space Corporation.
SIA-India applauds ISRO and Ananth Technologies, a valued member, for their pivotal role in the successful launch of GSLV F14 by ISRO. Ananth Technologies' technological contributions were integral to the mission's success, including 55 crucial modules for the launch vehicle and vital systems for the INSAT-3DS satellite. The satellite's deployment with advanced payloads signifies a significant advancement in India's meteorological and disaster monitoring capabilities. This achievement underscores the expertise and dedication of the entire team involved. SIA-India extends heartfelt congratulations to Ananth Technologies and ISRO for their outstanding contributions to India's space exploration endeavors.
"Merida Aerospace Innovates Perovskite Solar Cells for Enhanced LEO Satellite Performance"
SIA-India Leaders Meet TRAI Chairman to advocate an uplifted Rural Satellite Communication
SIA-India's Research Analyst Sakshi Shree is set to Shape Global Environmental Policies at OECPR-6 and UNEA-6
SIA-India members congratulated the new director of CENJOWS
SIA-India warmly welcomes Qbit Labs as our newest esteemed member.
"NASA's PACE Mission Launches to Revolutionize Earth Sciences from Space"
XDLINX Labs and Almagest Space Corporation Collaborate to Pioneer Ultra-Speed Broadband in Space with E-Band Technology
SIA-India Commends our member Ananth Technologies and ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV F14
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A Colloquy of Space and Defence Leaders: Fostering Collaboration and Ingenuity
SIA-India signed two MoUs
The successful culmination of the DEFSAT Conference jointly organized by SIA-India, marks a significant milestone in the realms of defense and space. With participants from diverse expertise, the conference served as a nexus for sharing cutting-edge insights, fostering collaboration, and addressing key challenges facing the defense and space sector. The attendees explored innovative strategies and solutions to enhance India’s space ecosystem that secures the civil & military necessities and fosters a self-sufficient Bharat. As delegates depart, they carry with them a wealth of knowledge, strengthened networks, and a renewed commitment to advancing defense technologies and capabilities. The success of the DEFSAT Conference underscores the power of collective effort in safeguarding our shared interests and shaping a more secure future.
SIA-India signed MoUs with the Space Industry Association-Australia (SIAA) and the Information Sharing and Analysis Centre. The MoUs hold immense significance in fostering collaboration and advancing defense and space capabilities between India and Australia. They are furthering diplomatic ties and strategic partnerships, reinforcing regional stability and security.
The dignitaries at the DEFSAT conference offered invaluable insights, drawing from their extensive expertise and experience, which illuminated crucial strategies for navigating the complexities of modern defense and satellite technology integration. Some key highlights are:
“SIA-India extends its sincerest gratitude to all esteemed government supporters for their unwavering dedication and invaluable contributions, instrumental in the resounding success of the DEFSAT Conference."
"SIA-India is deeply grateful for the invaluable collaboration with renowned think tanks as our esteemed knowledge partners and Academia partners for the DEFSAT Conference. Their research, expertise, and insights have significantly enriched the discourse and outcomes of this vital gathering, fostering greater understanding and advancement in defense and space endeavors of the nation.”
"SIA-India expresses heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed DEFSAT Media Partners for their support in covering the Conference."
SIA-India extends its gratitude to all the partners and supporting organizations at the DEFSAT Conference. Their irreplaceable support has fostered a robust and successful Conference.
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Release of India Space Congress Report-2023
IndSpace Wargame 2024
SIA-India released the India Space Congress report-2023 on the 2nd Day of the Conference with the Honorable Governor of Uttarakhand, Lt. Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd.), and other dignitaries.
The second edition of the IndSpace Wargame has been a resounding success. There were eight scenarios played during the wargame. Different teams belonging to Defence, Industry, Academia, Lawyers, and regulators responded to these scenarios from their perspective. This industrial wargame brought Industry Defence and stakeholders very close to understanding the needs of defence-space requirements for forging better synergy.
The technical display at Industry Exposition
SIA-India is currently developing a comprehensive report of the DEFSAT Conference, and at the behest of the esteemed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), we are concurrently crafting a dedicated IndSpace Wargame Report. These reports will be made available shortly.
We must leverage our technical credibility and excellence to propel our endeavors forward. Space Holds Tremendous Potential in Realizing Our Vision for 2047: Aiming to Attain the Status of 'Vishwa Guru'. Harnessing the Power of Space Technology and Exploration is Crucial in Advancing Towards this Ambitious Goal.
By deploying a constellation of geosynchronous, high-resolution SAR small satellites, we are unlocking the potential of ISR within the LEO, while embracing innovation in civil-military integration to enhance global surveillance and security.
Indian armed forces have earmarked funds to the tune of Rs 25,000 crore to meet its defence space requirements, highlighting the significant investment in this sector, and presenting a significant opportunity for the private sector to leverage.
I think it is important that space, being an expensive and data-intensive domain, requires synergy among civilian, commercial, and military entities to ensure the optimum utilization of space assets and the data they generate. Such synergy within the civil-military ecosystem would ensure the optimal use of high-value assets through the sharing of technologies and infrastructure, as well as accruing additional advantages.
Militarization of space is indicating that counter space operation capabilities are being developed with an explosive aim to enable own forces to exploit space capabilities to the best. While at the same time negating adversary’s ability to exploit the same in order to maintain the desired degree of space control or security.
The strategic partnership in space collaboration, marked by the signing of an MoU between SIA-India and SIAA, would foster growth in the global space sector through knowledge exchange and business collaboration.
As per IN-SPACe's decadal vision and strategy for the Indian space economy, an investment of $ 22 billion is envisioned in the next 10 years. With this investment, India's space industry is projected to grow to a $44 billion market, contributing 8-10% to the global space economy by 2033, alongside export sales reaching $11 billion over the same period.
The 'New Space Policy' was formulated in an era of boundless possibilities, with a myriad of startups pioneering breakthroughs in defense technology and space-based R&D. As the government sets forth 75 challenges, I as the chairman of DRDO am willing to provide comprehensive assistance, whether financial or otherwise, to the start-ups, underscoring our collective potential to ascend as leaders in the realm of space exploration.
The Defense Acquisition Procedure has undergone several transformative changes over the last few years, which have enabled the overall private innovation ecosystem in the country, particularly in the domains of satellites and the space segment. I believe the DAP needs to proactively facilitate innovation on both the services and manufacturing fronts to streamline the procurement of innovative technologies.
There can be a space control within space. They can be space aggregation by satellites in space. They can be constellations which can actually shape the space for the battle on the ground.
His Excellency, Lt. Gen Gurmit Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd), Honorable Governor of Uttarakhand
Padma Shree Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director NIAS, Former Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences
General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, Chief of Defense Staff, Ministry of Defense, Government of India
Air Vice Marshal Pawan Kumar, VM, Director General, Defence Space Agency (DSA)
AVM Sanjay Bhatnagar, VM VSM (Retd), Officiating Director, CENJOWS
His Excellency, Australia’s High Commissioner to India,
Mr. HE Philip Green, OAM
Mr. Mahaveer Singhvi IFS, Joint Secretary, New Emerging and Strategic Technologies (NEST)
Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Former Secretary, Ministry of Defence
Lt. Gen PJS Pannu, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd), Chairman Space Committee on Defence, SIA-India
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“The DEFSAT forum formalized new Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with both the Space Industry Association-Australia and the Information Sharing and Analysis Centre. These accords signify a significant advancement in our strategic efforts aimed at fostering international collaboration in the realms of space diplomacy and security. Our intent is to facilitate the seamless exchange of crucial information, catalyze joint research and development endeavors, and fortify our collective capacities pertaining to space exploration and security.”

Anil Prakash,
Director General, SIA-INDIA
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The three days and 11 sessions, had the inaugural lineup of notable speakers and dignitaries adding to its prestige and depth include Gen Anil Chauhan, Chief of Defence Staff; Ministry of Defence, His Excellency, Mr. Philip Green, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Padma Shree Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director NIAS, Former Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences, AVM Sanjay B Bhatnagar, Director, CENJOWS; and Lt. Gen PJS Pannu, Chairman Space Committee on Defence, SIA-India.
Honorable Governor of Uttarakhand, Lt. Gen Gurmit Singh (Retd), Gen Anil Chauhan, Chief of Defence Staff; Ministry of Defence, Dr Ajay Kumar, Former Secretary Ministry of Defence, Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO, Air Vice Marshal Pawan Kumar, Director General, DSA
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