‘When the countdown sequence hit T-minus-zero and the vehicle lifted off, it was as though the Sun had bounded over the horizon and stopped right in front of our eyes.’
This time, it’s not one country against another as much as one enterprise against another, trying to capture the commercial value that space exploration brings along.
In the present model of engaging the local space industry in India, there is no extensive commercial exploitation of space infrastructure due to lack of deregulation and privatisation.
The government aims to use space technologies for a variety of public services. To realise this, ISRO needs enough funds to meet the demand for space vehicles and launches, and invest in technological research.
We are sitting on a host of possibilities for generating multiplier effects across academia and industry, and benefit the country over a longer timespan, but aren’t taking advantage of them to the fullest.