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June 1-7, 2020 / Vol 39, No 22 / Hawai`i Island, USA

29 May 2020, 21:07 UTC
June 1-7, 2020 / Vol 39, No 22 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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India, China Increasingly Prioritize NewSpace / Commerce to Reach National Space Goals

While state-run space agencies ISRO and CNSA continue to lead their respective national space programs, signals from India and China abound suggesting a greater role for private space enterprise. As part of a broad stimulus program aimed at increasing economic resiliency in India, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced that ISRO facilities and technologies are to be opened to commercial interests, characterizing the private sector as a “co-traveler” on a national space journey. Relatedly, Indian Patent Office grants 20-year patent on lunar regolith simulant developed by researchers at ISRO Rao Satellite Centre, Periyar University and India National Institute of Technology, also indicative of a wider shift in space strategy – perhaps influenced by NASA’s increasing reliance on commercial outsourcing of spacecraft construction and support services, often at lower cost. In China, Newspace rocket company Galactic Energy (aka Beijing Xinghe Dongli Space Technology Co. Ltd.) hopes to capitalize on the need for inexpensive, customized launch solutions – named for the first asteroids discovered, Ceres-1 first mission is expected to launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in June, with reusable Pallas-1 to follow in late 2022. ...

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