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India’s Stellar Rise in the Global Space Economy

In the expansive realm of the global space economy, India has emerged as a significant contender. Though it presently holds a market share of just 2%, recent advancements and ambitious projections signal a rapid ascent for the India's space sector.

As of 2021, the global space economy stands at $386 billion, with India contributing a modest $7.8 billion. Despite its relatively small current share, India envisions reaching $50 billion by 2025, a target set by the Indian National Space Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe).

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stands as a pivotal force in shaping this narrative. Since its inaugural commercial launch in 1999, where foreign satellites shared space with India's Oceansat-1 aboard the PSLV-C2, ISRO has steadily expanded its global influence. The space agency has successfully launched 431 satellites from 36 countries to date.

Recent years have witnessed a significant upswing in India's space activities, with the launch of 11 satellites from Singapore in 2023 alone. This growth can be attributed to the strategic opening of the space sector, fostering the emergence of space startups and cultivating valuable industry connections.

Commenting on India’s space journey, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh on Wednesday underscored the transformative impact of the last decade, particularly in the past five years, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prepping for the 'giant leap' 

The liberalization of the space sector, coupled with the rise of space startups, has positioned India's space economy for unprecedented expansion, with foreign experts projecting a growth of $100 billion in the years ahead, the union minister said.

A pivotal catalyst for India's space aspirations lies in its commercial ventures. ISRO's commercial arms have generated a substantial $279 million in foreign exchange by successfully launching satellites for global clients. The revenue from foreign exchange, earned through the launching of international satellites, stands at an impressive $56 million, with an additional $223 million in the pipeline.

The convergence of government initiatives, the ascent of space startups, and successful commercial missions underscores India's commitment to scaling new heights in the global space arena. The nation’s space odyssey is characterized by ambition, innovation, and strategic partnerships. As it continues to explore the cosmos and broaden its presence in the global space economy, the celestial bodies seem aligned for India to radiate even more brilliantly in the years ahead.

RANU JAIN

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