Reiterating its role as an autonomous, single-window nodal agency formed to promote, authorise, monitor and supervise space activities of non-governmental private entities (NGPEs), IN-SPACe said: “Digantara Research and Technologies from Bengaluru and Dhruva Space from Hyderabad were authorised on June 24, to launch their payloads.”
According to the statement, Dhruva’s Dhruva Space Satellite Orbital Deployer – (DSOD 1U), a technology demonstration payload and Digantara’s ROBust Integrating Proton Fluence Metre (ROBI), a proton dosimeter payload have been authorised and would fly onboard PSLV Orbital Experimental Module (POEM) of PSLV-C53 mission scheduled for a June 30 launch.
The TOI was the first to report that these two companies have been authorised by IN-SPACe.
IN-SPACe chairman Pawan Kumar Goenka, said: “The first two authorisations issued by IN-SPACe is an important milestone and marks the beginning of private space sector launches in India. Digantara will launch a weather satellite which will be used for weather monitoring from space using their patented technology. Dhruva will test its satellite deployer technology which in future can be deployed for international customers. This is just the start of the exciting times ahead for the Indian space sector. IN-SPACe is delighted to facilitate the private sector’s participation in this journey.”
Vinod Kumar, director, IN-SPACe promotion directorate said that the authorisation was granted on the sidelines of the national conference on “Development of Space Start-ups Ecosystem in India (DeSSEI)”.
“The PSLV C53 mission is a key milestone. The mission will demonstrate CubeSat deployers, developed in-house, ahead of the launch of our satellite missions, Thybolt-1 and Thybolt-2, onboard the PSLV C54 Mission. This will also enable Dhruva to support international clients with CubeSat deployers, integration and launch services,” Sanjay Nekkanti, CEO, Dhruva Space, said.
Anirudha Sharma, CEO, Digantara, while appreciating Space PSU NSIL and Isro’s role and IN-SPACe’s authorisation, said: “Space sustainability is of fundamental importance to the thriving space economy. To realise Digantara’s goal of delivering accurate orbital insights to ensure continued safe space operations, support from the Government will play a key role in accelerating innovations. This launch serves as an excellent illustration of how such support hastens innovation.”