9, Feb 2024
IN-SPACe unveils Integrated Launch Manifesto for 2023-24 (Q4) & 2024-25

Ahmedabad, February 09, 2024

The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) today announced the Integrated Launch Manifesto for space launches utilizing ISRO’s launch infrastructure. This manifesto details the launches planned by ISRO, New Space India Limited (NSIL) and various Non-Governmental Entities (NGEs) for the fiscal years 2023-24 (Q4) and 2024-25. As is evident there is a notable increase in launches and in private sector involvement in the Indian space sector.

This initiative aligns with the directives of the recently ratified Indian Space Policy, entrusting IN-SPACe with authorization of launch manifesto for launch-infrastructure created through public expenditure. The launch manifesto comprehensively covers user-funded, scientific missions & other technology demonstration launches by ISRO along with the commercial launches and associated primary and co-sharing passengers.

The year 2023 stood as a milestone with the new Space Policy fostering rapid advancements in the sector. The Integrated Launch Manifesto is in line with Dept of Space’s vision on optimizing resources and encouraging innovation to establish India as a Global Manufacturing Hub for space activities, aligning with the vision of ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat‘ (Self-Reliant India).

30 launch are planned for 2023-24 (Q4) & 2024-25 from SDSC, SHAR, half of which are catering to the commercial space sector of India with rest being user-funded, scientific missions or technology test launches. Out of the 14 commercial missions identified, 7 launches are being undertaken by M/s NSIL including 2 numbers of PSLVs being realized through an industry consortium. This marks a substantial increase in launch activity compared to previous years and is a positive indicator of the expanding space ecosystem in the country.

5, Dec 2023
IN-SPACe announces Seed Fund Scheme for Start-ups in Urban Development and Disaster Management Sector

Ahmedabad, 5th December 2023: The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe), the nodal agency in the Department of Space (DoS) responsible to promote, enable, authorizing, and supervise space activities of the Non-Government Entities (NGEs), has announced the Seed Fund Scheme for start-ups operating in the areas of Urban Development and Disaster Management by using space technology.

The scheme, launched in collaboration with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO will provide opportunities for NGEs that leverage space technology for societal benefits to graduate to the next level. The last date of application for the Seed Fund Scheme is 20th December 2023.

As part of the scheme, selected start-ups will receive seed funding for transforming an original idea into a prototype using space technology, ISRO facility support including Earth Observation (EO) data for validation of the concept, mentorship support, and access to data algorithm as transfer of technology from DoS.

Talking about the unique scheme, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman, IN-SPACe said, “The role of the space sector is crucial to the overall development of the national economy, and IN-SPACe has been bringing out schemes from time-to-time for promoting space technology for the benefit of the common man. The Seed Fund Scheme is a part of IN-SPACe’s efforts to provide a special thrust to enhance the space activity capabilities of the nation with the active participation of start-ups. This scheme is designed to support Indian space start-ups that aim to develop innovative space products and services, thereby improving the quality of life for people and communities in India and around the world.”

The scheme details can be downloaded from https://www.inspace.gov.in/. The IN-SPACe Seed Fund Scheme has the provision of providing financial assistance up to Rs.1 crore in addition to mentorship support, training, and networking opportunities.

For urban development, opportunities abound for start-ups working in the domains of urban planning, monitoring and infrastructure management, telecommunication, navigation, broadband connectivity, water resources management, energy efficiency, climate and weather monitoring, disaster risk reduction, public health, healthcare, and more.

Similarly, disaster management offers opportunities for startups specializing in the domains of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), early warning and monitoring systems, insurance and risk assessment, communication and navigation systems, climate change monitoring, search and rescue operations, space-borne sensors, and instruments, among others.

The applications to the Seed Fund Scheme should be made only through the IN-SPACe Digital Platform (IDP). More details on eligibility criteria and the nature of financial assistance can be availed at IN-SPACe Disaster & Urban Page – IN-SPACe (inspace.gov.in).

17, Oct 2023
Data Patterns Inks Strategic ToT Agreement With In-Space

Chennai, October 17, 2023: Data Patterns (India) Limited (NSE: DATAPATTNS | BSE: 543428), a vertically integrated Defence and Aerospace electronics solutions provider, has announced a Licensing and Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreement with IN-SPACe, a single-window, independent, nodal agency that functions as an autonomous agency in the Department of Space (DoS). This agreement will provide Data Patterns with miniature SAR Radar capability.

The ToT agreement was signed by Mr. G. Kuppuswamy, Vice President, Data Patterns (India) Limited Mr. Rajeev Jyoti, Technical Director, IN-SPACe, and Mr. A. Arunachalam, Director, NSIL.

The technology has been developed at the Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO, and is the forerunner of ISRO’s upcoming high-resolution SAR satellite, the NISAR, and made available for ToT to the industry by IN-SPACe.

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Commenting on the partnership, Mr. G. Kuppuswamy said, “We are delighted to be associated with IN-SPACe. This technology will enable SAR radar development by Data Patterns, complementing the large portfolio of Radars already available from the company. Data Patterns expects to enhance this technology with its capability with Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools for object detection and classification. This alliance is also a step towards utilizing India’s space resources better and increasing space-based activities.”

With the Indian space ecosystem and economy opening up on account of major policy changes initiated by the Government of India, both Data Patterns and IN-SPACe will leverage their knowledge, expertise, and skills to capitalize on the opportunities coming up.