Prime Minister to inaugurate Indian Space Association today
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Indian Space Association (ISpA). The virtual inauguration ceremony will be held at 11am, as per a tweet from PM Modi's official handle.
He will also address the representatives of the space industry on the occasion.
In a release, the Prime Minister's Office said that ISpA is a chief industry association of space and satellite companies, which desires to be the collective voice of the Indian space industry.
It will tackle policy advocacy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian space domain, including the government and its agencies, it added.
The ISpA's establishing members include Larson & Toubro, Nelco (Tata Group), OneWeb, Bharti Airtel, Mapmyindia, Walchandnagar Industries and Ananth Technology Limited. Other core members involve Godrej, Hughes India, Azista-BST Aerospace Private Limited, BEL, Centum Electronics and Maxar India, the release added.
India has made great advances in the field of space research in the last few years. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has also undertaken a number of launches, though Covid-19 has influenced the schedule of some of these space missions.
According to senior ISRO officials, the country's first solar mission, which was pushed from early 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is probably to be launched in the third quarter of 2022. The agency will also launch Xposat, India's second space observatory, next year.
Before the pandemic, the space agency had designed for 20 launches in the financial year 2020-21, including the first unmanned flight under the Gaganyaan mission. The Gaganyaan mission is also probably to be undertaken by the end of 2022 or in early 2023.