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  • Mission Shakti: What Next?

    India needs a comprehensive space security architecture consisting of a dedicated Space Command for operational aspects as well as an exclusive Defence Space Research Agency to focus on scientific and technical aspects.

    April 09, 2019

    Bharath asked: How is it that India has woefully performed in indigenous defence manufacturing while it has excelled in space and nuclear technology?

    G. Balachandran replies: There were many reasons. But the primary reason was that in the space and the nuclear sector the developers and users were the same. Secondly, they could proceed at their pace. If there were delays or targets not met, there was no question of the users importing since that option was not available.

    Sanjeev Kumar asked: How is India utilising the space technology for supporting operations in the tactical battle area and in counter insurgency?

    Ajey Lele replies: India has a range of satellites which are used for different purposes. The information received through these satellites are used by various agencies including the security establishment. For instance, weather satellites can provide timely information about topographic features and weather conditions, which are critical to military and para-military operations.

    Fifty Years of the Outer Space Treaty: Tracing the Journey

    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2017

    Developments in the outer space arena post the erstwhile USSR launching the first man-made satellite Sputnik in space on 4 October 1957 have transformed the world significantly. In order to ensure the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was set up by the United Nations General Assembly in 1959.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-948-1,
    • Price: ₹. 995
    • E-copy available
    2017

    Role of Earth Observation Satellites in Counter-Infiltration

    It is highly recommended that a range of nano and pico satellites be manufactured and their employment integrated with the border management system.

    December 30, 2016

    PSLV launches 20 Satellites in a Single Mission

    PSLV launches 20 Satellites in a Single Mission

    For India, at this point in time, ISRO developing expertise with multiple launch technology is more important from the commercial perspective.

    June 28, 2016

    India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

    India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

    It is time India devised a cohesive national policy to guard its interests in space and effectively address existing and emerging challenges.

    April 28, 2016

    Soumyadipta Majumder asked: How the recent success of SpaceX missions open up new vistas for human endeavours in space?

    Ajey Lele replies: SpaceX is making ‘waves’ for its significant success in the outer space arena. Led by Elon Musk, an engineer with specific vision and progressive agenda on outer space, SpaceX has achieved reasonable success mainly in space transportation. Some of its efforts are also supported by America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). SpaceX has big plans for future like colonising Mars. However, this is a very challenging experiment and it’s too early to predict its prospects.

    Role of Technology in International Affairs

    Role of Technology In international Affairs
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2016

    Recent advances in technology have opened up vast new areas of communication, cooperation and even friction among nations in their pursuit of security, development and progress. Science and technology today transcend almost all areas of international affairs. The role of science and technology in international affairs is so intrinsic that it is rarely recognised as a separate entity and often taken for granted. The impact of modern dual-use technology on human society and national security has become so large that it would be necessary for foreign policy professionals to understand the finer nuances of technology to successfully negotiate international affairs in future. The book Role of Technology in International Affairs is aimed at bringing a clear appreciation of the various interconnections and interdependencies between technology, security, foreign policy and diplomacy that future diplomats must have for navigating towards international peace.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-881-1,
    • Price: ₹. 995.00
    • E-copy available
    2016

    Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

    Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

    The increase in demand for small satellites is not supported by the best launch options. Various existing options have huge limitations. It is believed that ‘proliferation’ of small satellites technology is possible only if reliable and cost-effective launch options are made available.

    February 04, 2016

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