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

    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.

    May 25, 2011

    ISRO’s Successful PSLV-C16 Flight

    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.

    April 25, 2011

    Yury Gagarin and Space Rivalry

    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.

    April 20, 2011

    The US Space Priorities under the Obama Administration

    The 21st century may not hold the same strategic logic of the 1960s and 1970s towards discovering outer space. Over a period of time, particularly after the end of the Cold War, space appears to have lost some, if not all, of its strategic significance. During 2004, the then US president, George W. Bush, had argued that the 21st century moon exploration initiative by the US should be viewed as part of a journey and not a race. Mostly, the peaceful voyage of global activities in space got a jolt when China conducted an anti-satellite test (ASAT) during January 2007.

    January 2011

    Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

    Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

    Military organisations worldwide have steadily increased reliance on space assets for communications, surveillance, and navigation. India has sufficient space capability as compared to China.

    Is the Future of Energy Geopolitics in Space?

    Let's face the facts: we are not going to regulate our way out of either climate change, or a peaking of fossil fuels. Even if we could imagine that individuals and nations were capable of accepting significant reductions in their lifestyle for long-term self-interest or the interests of their grandchildren, no amount of increased efficiency of those already using energy is going to make up for the Other Three Billion (O3B) citizens of the world moving to developed lifestyles and their accompanying energy demand.

    November 2010

    NASA Engaging China

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Beijing on October 16 – 21 to discuss cooperation in manned space flight. While one swallow does not make a summer, it may signal that the US may be considering greater engagement with China in outer space, particularly manned flight.

    October 29, 2010

    Weaponisation of Space and India’s Options

    During Cold War era, space became an essential adjunct for war-fighting on the ground, without becoming another theatre of combat. While militarization of space proceeded rapidly, the weaponisation of space was avoided. Because the weaponisation of space was avoided during the Cold War, it does not necessarily follow that weaponisation will continue to be avoided in a new era of asymmetric warfare. We can improve protection of satellites against some threats, but satellites will remain easy targets for space weapons designed to kill on impact. Space has been free from warfare.

    July 2010

    Sky’s No Limit: Space-based solar power, the next major step in the Indo-US strategic partnership?

    Sky’s No Limit: Space-based solar power, the next major step in the Indo-US strategic partnership?

    This paper provides a policymaker's overview of a highly scalable, revolutionary, renewable energy technology, Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP), and evaluates it utility within the context of the Indo-US strategic partnership.

    Space Technology and Soft-Power: A Chinese Lesson for India

    India should engage space have-nots at a different level, going beyond technological and commercial interests.

    October 05, 2009