PM inaugurates In-SPACe
GS Paper - 3 (Space Technology)
The Prime Minister inaugurated the headquarters of the Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) in Ahmedabad, set up to promote private investment and innovation in the space sector. Earlier, the space sector was closed to private companies as "they could only be vendors".
Role of IN-SPACe
- ISRO, NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) and IN-SPACe will play “very different” roles.
- NSIL, a public sector enterprise, will be the “commercial arm of the government in space, with the role to commercialise what ISRO does.”
- So basically, NSIL will not get involved from agency to agency but let’s say (if) the private sector wants to use ISRO launchpad or ISRO rocket for a launch, they will go to NSIL to do this as it’s a commercial agreement.
- There can be a country-to-country deal with NSIL. ISRO, when it was conceived originally, was not meant to do anything with the private sector.
- Now when we are trying to see how ISRO’s facilities, technology and infrastructure can be used by the private sector, NSIL plays that role.
- On the other hand, the private sector should aproach IN-SPACe for all their needs. So if they need to use any facility from ISRO, they will come to IN-SPACe.
- If they want any technology, they will come to IN-SPACe. IN-SPACe will work with ISRO and NSIL to transfer that technology through NSIL to the private sector.
- So, basically IN-SPACe is creating a single window for the private sector to approach the government for any space-related activity. Actual execution can be done by ISRO, NSIL and over time, maybe even by IN-SPACe.
- IN-SPACe will also work to connect the private sector globally to take their technology and infrastructure to get business from outside.