New Delhi, February 11: In the written reply to the upper house, union minister of state atomic energy and space, Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that Indian has launched 328 satellites from 33 different countries to date. While giving the information about NewSpace India Limited, he said, Government of India has established NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a PSU under the Department of Space to commercially launch satellites and become financially self-reliant.
ISRO is striving towards achieving Atmanirbharta in the field of capacity development in launching satellites; therefore, no policy is envisaged for seeking foreign cooperation in this direction.
In another related question, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that ISRO facilities are extended to Indian industries and academia for testing their space systems. Satellites from M/s. Space Kidz India and M/s. Syzygy Space Technologies has undergone testing at UR Rao Satellite Centre, ISRO. He said the participation of the private sector in space activities in India is expected to result in the development of cutting edge technologies, new applications & services. Overall it will make a bigger impact on the space economy, he added.
The Minister said that Government has analysed the issues and concerns about national security while allowing Private companies to participate in space activities and appropriate measures have been taken by means of establishing the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Center (IN-SPACe), an independent nodal agency to authorize, monitor and regulate space activities in the country.