broad freedoms to the private sector,the government working as an enabler,educating India’s youth, andensuring the space sector serves as a resource for the progress of the common individual.
In the 20th century, the space sector divided the world. “Now, in the 21st century, India will have to ensure that space plays an important role in uniting and connecting (it),” Modi noted.
Several stakeholders attended the ISpA’s inaugural virtual conference today. Members include UK-based OneWeb, India’s second-largest telco Bharti Airtel, Tata Group firm Nelco, engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), maps provider MapmyIndia, and the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Addressing the ISpA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his administration’s approach to space reforms is based on four pillars:
For the nation, the space sector “means better mapping, imaging and connectivity facilities for the common people,” Modi said. “Also, the space sector means better speed, from shipment to delivery, for entrepreneurs, (in addition to) better security and income for fishermen and better forecast of natural calamities,” he added.
Satellite-based internet services have catered to isolated areas. Nelco’s satellite communications suite, for instance, helps banks communicate with automated teller machines (ATMs) located in far flung corners of India.
But that is changing. Private rocket company SpaceX’s satellite internet unit Starlink is shipping terminals to India, and could roll out the nation’s first commercial satellite-internet system. Eighty percent (80%) of those terminals will focus on rural areas, Starlink’s country director Sanjay Bhargava said on LinkedIn last week. Meanwhile, OneWeb, which has launched 322 Airbus-built tiny satellites into a low Earth-orbit, intends to roll out commercial internet services globally.
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