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India's Liberalisation In The Space Sector is Big Hit As 22 Indian and 4 Global Firms Send Proposals

The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), the newly created space regulatory body, has received at least 26 proposals from Indian and foreign firms within, months of government opening up the space sector, reports Times of India.

The proposals range from approval for ground stations, setting up satellite constellations to making and launching satellites, launch vehicles and providing applications.

US-based Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Bharti Group backed UK-based OneWeb are among the foreign firms that have shown interest in the space sector.

UAE's Archeron Group and Norway's Kongsberg Satellite Service (KSAT) have also sent their proposals to the IN-SPACe.

While AWS has sought permission for "enabling private space business by making available gateway ground stations as a service”, the OneWeb has requested to set up a small satellite constellation and provide services.

Meanwhile, the Archeron Group wants assistance for the launching of small satellites and KSAT wants to set up ground stations.

Among the 24 Indian proposals, Tata’s NELCO has sought support for technology demonstration of Low-Earth Orbit network services, while L&T wants to “undertake end-to-end role in the small satellite launch vehicle (SSLV).”

Besides, many startups including Astrome Technologies, Pixxel, Dhruva Space from Bengaluru, Agnikul Cosmos from Chennai and Skyroot Aerospace from Hyderabad have sought permissions for satellite production, space-based applications, development and launching of launch vehicles.

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