Watch | National Security Conversation: India’s Space Programme

Happymon Jacob and Rajeswari Rajagopalan delve into major debates around India’s space programme and the complexities involved in the latest Chandrayaan-2 mission.

Happymon Jacob speaks to Rajeswari Rajagopalan (distinguished fellow and head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi) about India’s space programme and its evolution over the decades.

In the interview, Rajagopalan stresses upon the need to have a robust space policy and an aerospace command. She also assesses the complexities involved in the latest Chandrayaan 2 mission, major avenues of cooperation for the Indian space programme in the region and the competition it faces from China.

Rajagopalan also delves into major debates around anti-satellite weapons, the militarisation of space and the role of global governance in coming up with an international policy on space.