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Ajey Lele

Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

The PSLV-C18 Mission and Indo-French Collaboration in Space

October 14, 2011

India and France must now develop a joint marketing strategy for satellite launches and also concentrate on the joint design and development of satellites for smaller developing countries.

The Significance and Implications of Tiangong I

October 07, 2011

China’s development of a space station is not only for the purpose of scientific experimentation but also to showcase its technological and economic strength.

China launches a communications satellite for Pakistan

August 24, 2011

China’s launch of Pakistan’s first communications satellite demonstrates a deepening of their technological cooperation.

Breivik’s Interest in Anthrax and Religious Extremism

August 02, 2011

The history of the use of biological agents by non-state actors indicates that radical groups, religious fanatics and even disgruntled scientists have engaged in bioterrorism

GSAT-12: Boosting Transponder Demand

July 19, 2011

The larger issue which the GSAT-12 launch brings to the fore is that of the mounting demand for satellite transponders and India’s capabilities in this regard.

The Last Space Shuttle Flight

July 13, 2011

The US is stopping the shuttle programme by design and not for want of technology or money; nor does discontinuing the space shuttle indicate that the US has lost the space race.

Success of GSAT-8 and Future of India’s Space Programme

May 25, 2011

While the GSAT-8 has been successfully launched, the future of the GSLV programme continues to be under a cloud after the twin failures in 2010.

ISRO’s Successful PSLV-C16 Flight

April 25, 2011

With the successful sixteenth flight of the PSLV-C16, the “feel good” factor has returned to ISRO which was buffeted by failures and controversy over the last year.

Yury Gagarin and Space Rivalry

April 20, 2011

On the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s space flight, the space scenario appears to be at a crossroads. Because of the economic and other geopolitical compulsions, major powers are found trading cautiously.

Taking the Arms Control Debate Forward: The Hague Code of Conduct and India

March 2011

This article evaluates the opportunities associated with The Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) for India. HCoC is a stand-alone agreement against ballistic missile proliferation. Since the 1974 Pokharan nuclear tests it has been tricky for India to get into the non-proliferation mainstream. The success of the 2005 Indo-US nuclear deal is a first step towards global acceptability of India's non-proliferation and disarmament policies. Now, it is important for India to start supporting the international norms which do not affect their strategic programmes.

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