India needs to increase its native commercially available satellite communications solutions, tracking capabilities across geographies and the protection of space assets, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said today.
He was speaking at the launch ceremony of the Indian Space Association, a space industry body made up of companies such as Bharti Airtel, Larsen and Toubro, Agnikul, Dhruva Space and Kawa Space.
“Economic growth and technological development are the most important ingredients of national power. In such an environment, national governments can no longer be the sole actors in the evolution of national security and development policies,” he said. -he declares.
The private sector is an equal stakeholder in nation building, Doval added.
“Until now, exclusive areas such as space which were dominated by the public sector must therefore be opened up to the private sector to ensure that we stay ahead of the curve,” the national security adviser said (NSA ).
Mr. Doval said: “Private investments in the space sector will generate high-tech jobs, facilitate technology absorption and secure the participation of foreign partners through joint ventures.”
These measures will make India a hub for manufacturing space assets, he said
Mr. Doval said that a strong private sector industry will also help address growing security challenges.
“India needs to focus on increasing capacity in several areas such as … commercially available indigenous satellite communication solutions, futuristic technology research and development, tracking capabilities across areas geographies and the protection of space assets, ”Doval said.
Creating an appropriate regulatory environment to deal with safety, security and legal liability issues will be at the heart of this effort, he said. The NSA said rapid progress has been made by the private sector in developing niche technologies.
“Many of these technologies are dual-use. They have revolutionized activities in several areas, including navigation, remote sensing, weather monitoring, agriculture, satellite communications and broadband Internet,” he said. -he declares.
By some estimates, the global space industry is set to grow exponentially, the NSA said.
“With the right policies and regulations, the Indian private sector can become a co-traveler of India’s space travel,” he said.
The excellent work done by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to develop an ecosystem of high quality suppliers provides India with a solid foundation on which to step up private sector involvement in space, noted the NSA.
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