The Bill fails to address specific space-based activities separately, instead trying to cover large swaths of the space value chain in one go. It will not do justice to the entrepreneurial community if it is implemented as is.
The PSLV C31 before its launch. Credit: ISRO
India has had a space programme for over 50 years now. Led by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), we have acquired the ability to build satellites, launch vehicles and use ground control to serve the people of India with space-based services. Space is acting as an enabler today to provide several services, such as direct-to-home broadcasting, VSAT for bank ATM machines, weather services, disaster management, search and rescue, navigation services, imagery based geographical information systems, etc.
In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a national meet of top officials from different ministries and state governments on the use of space applications in daily governance. It included 1,500 delegates, mostly the secretaries of central ministries and departments. The meet was to assess the current utilisation of space-technology-based tools in their respective offices and explore potential application areas. This led to the increased demand for space-based services with a roadmap to have over 60 satellites ...