Digantara Research and Technologies, a Bengaluru-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA), and monitoring company, has signed an agreement with India’s National Space Promotion and Authorization Center, IN-SPACe, India’s first nodal agency under the Department of Space (DoS), the Space Situational Awareness and Launch Opportunities.
Minister of State for Space Jitendra Singh announced the establishment of IN-SPACe in June 2020. The Union Cabinet approved its establishment as an independent nodal agency under the Ministry of Space to permit and enable non-governmental private entities (NGPEs) to participate in space activities, use DoS-owned facilities, and prioritize launch manifest.
This partnership was signed on the day of the inauguration of the IN-SPACe headquarters in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on June 10, 2022, in the presence of the Honorable Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi; Honorable Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah; Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel; ISRO President, Shri S. Somanath; IN-SPACE President Shri Pawan Goenka and many others.
With the liberalization of the space industry in India, the Department of Space (DoS) through IN-SPACe has been instrumental in enabling young startups working on critical technologies such as situational awareness (SSA) through access to its decades of technical expertise and specialized facilities. This unprecedented access to resources has allowed start-ups to develop new technologies faster and get to market faster.
“Dept. Space’s recognition of critical technologies like SSA and support for startups like Digantara has helped to significantly boost the development process and propelled us to compete globally,” said Anirudh Sharma, CEO of Digantara.
Sharma adds, “With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Ahmedabad and the securing of the Launch Service Agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), we anticipate a productive collaboration in the development of resilient indigenous capabilities.