Is India’s space commerce Big Bang finally here? We’ll see, but ISRO’s saying all the right things

by Peter B. de Selding

CARSAC DE GURSON, France — Indian government space officials promised that a Space Activities Bill working through the government will open wide India’s space sector to commercial companies and remove India’s space agency as a combination regulator and competitor.

Key to the reforms will be a much-enlarged role for New Space India Ltd. (NSIL), the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, which up to now has been a conflicted gatekeeper to India’s commercial space development.

In addition, a new . . .

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