ISRO too wants to develop space tourism

Department of Space is drafting comprehensive, integrated Space Policy: Dr Jitendra Singh

GN Bureau | July 21, 2022


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PSLV-C53/DS-EO lift-off (Image courtesy: ISRO)
PSLV-C53/DS-EO lift-off (Image courtesy: ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is in the process of developing indigenous capabilities towards space tourism through the demonstration of human space flight capability to low earth orbit (LEO).

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, union minister of state (independent charge) science & technology Dr Jitendra Singh said the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) also seeks to promote active participation of private sector in carrying out end-to-end space activities, which includes space tourism as well.

With regard to a question on space diplomacy, the minister said ISRO pursues international cooperation and relations with 61 countries in varied domains of space activities.

The IN-SPACe has been created as a single window agency, under Department of Space (DoS), to promote, handhold and authorize the activities of private sector in space domain, including those by young entrepreneurs and students interested in the field of Space Science.

IN-SPACe will come up with mechanisms to enable sharing of technical facilities and expertise available across ISRO Centres with private entities.

In a related question, Dr Singh, who is also Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Earth Sciences and MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, said that the DoS is in the process of drafting a comprehensive, integrated Space Policy, which shall provide direction to the activities of private Indian space industry.


 

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