UPSC Current affairs - In-Space



  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the headquarters of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) at Bopal, Ahmedabad today.

What is IN-SPACe?

  • The Union Government in order to increase the private sector participation has established this platform.
  • This will act as a common platform to both ISRO (Indian Space Research Programme) and any other entities who are ready to participate in the space sector in India.
  • This will also act as a guide and will encourage the domestic participation in the space sector.
  • This common platform would lead to a level playing field to the private sector to use the Indian space sector.
  • In this context it is also important to analyse one more institution established, that is NSIL – New Space India Limited.


About NSIL:

  • NSIL is a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) wholly owned by Government of India.
  • This institute is headquartered in Bangalore.
  • New Space India Limited (NSIL) is considered to be the commercial arm of ISRO.
  • The main objective of NSIL is to pioneer the space based Indian industries in high end technologies.
Way Forward:
  • In recent years ISRO has shown immense capacity in terms of adopting to the latest technologies.
  • Its achievements in its recent missions including Chandrayan II and Mangalyan has caught the attention of the world.
  • So by encouraging private sector into the Space sector, it would enable ISRO to concentrate on research and development.
  • The major challenge now the Space agencies across the world are facing is how to deal with space debris.
  • By encouraging private sector there will be boost to further launches into the space along with the challenge of clearing the space debris.

 Source The Hindu