For good reasons, the recently released National Space Policy 2023 (“space policy”) has inspired confidence in the commercial space industry and has demonstrated the government’s intent to give effect to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives announced in 2020. For the uninitiated, the policy makes significant strides in outlining the vision for the roles that the private sector and traditional governmental bodies like ISRO will play in the next phase of India’s journey as a space power. However, in doing so, the policy contemplates an “autonomous” function for Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre or IN-SPACe. This autonomous role is intriguing…
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