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Investing at seed stage in NewSpace India startups

Speciale Invest is an early stage investor focusing on Tech-driven/Deep-tech ventures. They've invested at seed stage in Agnikul Cosmos, Astrogate Labs and Kawa Space. Vishesh, is the Managing Partner of Speciale Invest. He talks about their fund, their investees in NewSpace India startups. He also gives great tips for some of the entrepreneurs looking for seed stage funding.

India’s forgotten rocket pioneer

A new book provides a detailed account of the life and work of Stephen H Smith. During 1934 and 1944 in Calcutta, he worked alone and unsupported on developing rocket transport. In 1935, he was the first to demonstrate the successful transport by a rocket of livestock, food and medicine. The book charts the story of Stephen H Smith, described by a contemporary as “the greatest one-man campaign for rocketry”. He dedicated his life working alone in northeast India to develop a new revolutionary means of transport using rocket power.

Building small satellite/cubesat missions in Indian universities

What goes into building a cubesat program at a university? What are the difference between university teams trying to build satellites in India against US? How can we improve the overall ecosystems in academia to build more student missions in India? Here are some great insights from Sharan.

India's ASAT test and its role in space security

Will space be a theatre for warfare? What message did India send out by demonstrating the ability to hit a satellite in orbit? How can India showcase leadership in space security and sustainability so that space as a domain can be used for peaceful purposes? Daniel Porras provides great insights based on his extensive experience in political and legal issues surrounding space security.

Setting up a Space Regulatory Authority of India (SRAI)

The Takshashila Institution has proposed a Space Policy proposal looks at decoupling the policy, regulatory, and service delivery roles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to create a level playing field for new entrants. Utkash talks about SRAI and other major aspects of the Takshashila Policy Proposal.

Taking satellite data to the fishing community

Numer8 - a data analytics company that uses geospatial data to address problems like disaster management, coastal community monitoring, infrastructure monitoring, wildlife, and biodiversity protection. It helps businesses and governments to take a data-centric approach to solve problems. Its latest product, Ofish is helping the fishing communities to tackle changes to the fishing habitat and come home with a better catch. Ofish helps governments track illegal fishing and monitor fishing port operations from a single dynamic dashboard.

India needs a national space policy before a space law

Dr. Ranjana Kaul argues for India having to create a formal space policy before a space law is legislated. She provides insights on how having a space policy before a space law will help the NewSpace community.

Creating a platform for space themed science fiction movies in India

Have you ever wondered why we don't have space-themed science fiction movies in India? Is it that we don't have an author base for it, or is it that we don't have producers intent to invest in them or is the audience itself not interested in it? In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, we explore one such attempt to creating a platform for space-themed science fiction movies in India

Building a business using Earth Observation (EO) satellites in India

Kawa Space plans to operate most advanced earth observation satellite constellations for their customers in financial services, government, strategic risk management and agriculture. Here is Kris Nair (CEO of Kawa Space) talking about their roadmap ahead.

A Indo-German joint venture to produce small satellites in India

Berlin Space Technologies and Azista Aerospace based in Germany and India respectively have entered into a joint venture to create a satellite production factory in Ahmedabad. Tom and Sunil talk about the thesis behind their partnership and the future they see for the JV.

Evolution of commercial satcom in India

Commercial satcom in India grew from VSAT to broadcasting to now exciting applications such as broadband, backhaul, etc. In this episode, Ramesh and Govind help understand the evolution of the entire commercial satcom sector in India for the past 30 years.

Birthing the roots of astrobiology in India

Siddharth talks about the foundations of astrobiology, the unique facets which India can contribute to the development of the field and the current ongoing efforts to support the development of the field in India.

Challenges of dealing with ISRO as a science communicator

Covering the Indian space programme as a science communicator or as a journalist often means to deal with limited information being available to tell a story to the public. In this episode, Vasudevan Mukunth talks about the challenges of dealing with science communication while dealing with information put out by ISRO on its activities and how it affects the quality of journalism while covering space as a sector in India.

The journey of satellite remote sensing in India and the challenges it faces today

India is one of the pioneers of satellite remote sensing with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) developing some of the best remote sensing satellites in the world. In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Arup Dasgupta speaks about his experiences in executing some of ISRO's remote sensing missions and provides a perspective on the current challenges that holds back the full utilisation of remote sensing applications in India.

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