Highlights:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will initiate the Indian Space Association (ISpA)
  • PM Modi will also interact with the representative of the space industry on the occasion
  • The country’s first solar mission is expected to be introduced in the third quarter of 2022

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will initiate the Indian Space Association (ISpA). PM Modi informed through Twitter that the virtual inauguration ceremony will be conducted at 11 am. Reportedly, the Prime Minister will also interact with the representative of the space industry on the occasion.

Narendra Modi tweeted, “At 11 am tomorrow, 11th October, I will join the programme to launch the Indian Space Association. I am glad to be getting the opportunity to interact with leading stakeholders in the sector. Those interested in the world of space and innovation must-watch tomorrow’s program.”

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s office noted that ISpA is a premier industry association of space and satellite, which aims to be the collective voice of the Indian space industry. It further stated, “It will undertake policy advocacy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian space domain, including the government and its agencies.”

The ISpA’s founding members are Larson & Toubro, Nelco (Tata Group), OneWeb, Bharti Airtel, Mapmyindia, Walchandnagar Industries and Ananth Technology Limited. Other core members involve Godrej, Hughes India, Azista- BST Aerospace Private Limited, BEL, Centum Electronics and Maxar India, the statement mentioned.

In these recent years, India has taken great steps in the field of space research. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has also carried out a number of launches. Nevertheless, COVID-19 impacted the schedule of some of these space missions.

Senior ISRO officials informed that the country’s first solar mission, which was postponed from early 2020 considering the pandemic, is expected to be introduced in the third quarter of 2022. Furthermore, the agency will initiate Xposat, India’s second space observatory, in the coming year.

Prior to the pandemic, the space agency had formulated 20 launches in the financial year 2020-2021, along with the first unmanned flight under the Gaganyaan mission. The mission is also expected to take place by the end of 2022 or in early 2023.

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