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The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) has taken a major step forward in implementing the Indian Space Policy 2023. On May 3rd, they released a detailed 147-page document outlining the authorization process for various space activities. This marks a significant development for India’s space sector, as it opens doors for broader participation from both government and non-government entities (NGEs).

The newly released document provides a much-needed roadmap for entities seeking authorization to conduct space activities in India. It outlines the specific steps and procedures for obtaining authorization for a wide range of endeavors, including:

  • Establishing and operating space objects (satellites, probes etc.)
  • Launching rockets
  • Building and utilizing launchpads
  • Overseeing the planned re-entry of space objects

The guidelines emphasize the importance of fostering a self-reliant Indian space sector. While the document allows IN-SPACe to grant authorizations to both government bodies and NGEs, it specifies that only Indian entities can directly apply for authorization. This policy encourages foreign companies to collaborate with Indian subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other government-recognized partnerships to participate in India’s space industry.

By providing a clear and structured framework for participation, IN-SPACe is paving the way for a more dynamic and collaborative space sector. This is expected to accelerate innovation, attract private investment, and propel India’s spacefaring ambitions to new heights.