The Indian Space Programme has reached a significant milestone with 158 missions including 62 launch vehicles and 90 satellites. The PSLV and GSLV launch vehicles have enabled India to surge towards becoming self-reliant in launching the different class of satellites built in-house. The successful maiden launch of GSLV Mk-III on 5thJune 2017 placing the GSAT-19 Communication Satellite into orbit enabled India to join the elite club with capability to launch heavier communication satellites into space. ISRO has steadily expanded its capability to build and launch satellites for remote sensing, telecommunication, navigation and space sciences that have made possible a plethora of space applications benefiting the society. The scientific milestones achieved by ISRO have created an atmosphere of excitement in Indian Industry, especially the Aerospace Companies domain, who is willing to expand their business in Space segment due to the fairly large commonalities in these two areas.
From the beginning, ISRO has been pursuing a conscious policy of building and nurturing the industry capabilities in the country to maximally support the Indian Space Programme. Until now, the Indian industries have been delivering hardware/components, while ISRO played the lead role in carrying out the mission design; assembly, testing, quality assurance, integration and launch. Indian Space Programmes has since attained an appreciable reasonable level of standardization and technical maturity, and is deemed ready for end-to-end delivery through Indian industry. Considering the future missions, research and developmental activities towards advanced space technology; ISRO is looking for enhanced industry participation to meet its future demands.
Global Satellite Industry: The global satellite industry encompasses satellite services, satellite manufacturing, launch industry and ground equipment. It is seen that as of year-end 2015, there have been over 1300 operating satellites, of which 50% are communication satellites. Nearly 60 countries operate satellites as of now. Specifically, notable, a number of private ventures are bringing-in variety of satellite constellations.
The new satellite constellations on anvil coupled with growing demand for small satellites are fueling the need for increased manufacturing of various components and sub-systems; further, the requirements for reliable launches. While a few countries have already geared-up to face the challenges and opportunities thrown by the current global space market, it is essential that Indian Space Program and stakeholders mobilize their resources to take benefit of the scenario, in partnerships with foreign industry in a way that is beneficial to all.
In this backdrop, FICCI is organizing the "1st International Seminar on Indian Space Programme: Trends & Opportunities for Industry" on November 20-21, 2017 at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi.
The objective of this two-day conference is to deliberateon the best practices, pursue the ongoing discussion process to support further work of India's Space Sector andfacilitate arriving at coherent framework,whereinIndia’s Space Sector can start unleashing the domestic and global opportunities through enhanced partnerships and collaborations. The seminar is aimed to highlight the achievements and major milestones of Indian Space Sector in recent past, and the future programs and plans.
During the seminar, the stakeholders from industry, policy makers, thought leaders and academia, will brainstorm on the enabling and encouraging policies of Government of India to exploit the commercial space segment by Indian Industry targeting both domestic and international market.