ISRO Developing Capability for Space Tourism

Article By : India Science Wire

The ISRO is in the process of developing indigenous capabilities aimed towards space tourism through the demonstration of human space flight capability to low Earth orbit.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is in the process of developing indigenous capabilities aimed towards space tourism through the demonstration of human space flight capability to low Earth orbit (LEO). This, according to Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; Minister of State PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space.

In his written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister informed that the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) also seeks to promote active participation of the private sector in carrying out end-to-end space activities, including space tourism.

IN-SPACe has been created as a single window agency under the Department of Space to promote, handhold, and authorize the activities of the private sector in the space domain, including those by young entrepreneurs and students interested in the field of Space Science. It is, among other things, developing mechanisms to enable sharing of technical facilities and expertise available across ISRO Centres with private entities.

With regards to a question on space diplomacy, the Minister said ISRO pursued international cooperation and relations with 61 countries in varied domains of space activities. He also noted that the Department of Space (DOS) is in the process of drafting a comprehensive, integrated Space Policy, which shall provide direction to the activities of the private Indian space industry.

 

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