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Message from Planet Labs’ eye in the sky: India is a medieval knight in the age of modern warfare

Satellite pictures of the Galwan valley region shared by US-based Planet Labs exposed China backtracking on the agreement with India to disengage. While the images did help India foster its case in shaping global opinion, it also exposes the country’s unpreparedness in advanced technologies. The episode underlines the urgent need to nurture companies in satellite imaging and space technology.

Space

Message from Planet Labs’ eye in the sky: India is a medieval knight in the age of modern warfare

Satellite pictures of the Galwan valley region shared by US-based Planet Labs exposed China backtracking on the agreement with India to disengage. While the images did help India foster its case in shaping global opinion, it also exposes the country’s unpreparedness in advanced technologies. The episode underlines the urgent need to nurture companies in satellite imaging and space technology.

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Isro’s plans to go after the big market for small-satellite launches need acceleration

With the announcement of a new facility, Isro is finally getting serious about the small-satellite launch market. But the longer it takes to test-launch the SSLV and construct the new facility, the opportunity to compete for contracts wanes. It could mean the difference between being just another player offering such services and dominating the world in this field.

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Loved the Chandrayaan-2 launch? Great. Now let’s ask what’s “new” in India’s New Space apparatus.

The government has quietly announced the setting up of New Space India Ltd to commercialise space products. In theory, it is an opportunity to shed the taint of Antrix and forge ahead in the ever more competitive global space industry. However, whether India’s space mandarins will grab the opportunity remains mired in doubts, given their poor track record in building a modern, sustainable business.

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