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A Space Doctrine for India

Download A Space Doctrine for India as a PDF PREAMBLE 1. India aspires to shape a strategic environment conducive to economic development and the peaceful enjoyment of prosperity. To do so, it must be able to secure its territory, address threats before they reach India’s borders, become a security provider...

Space Matters #9

At a Glance: Roscosmos chief reacts to US de-compartmentalising civilian and military elements. US Space Command publishes its strategic vision and justifies militarisation of space. US functionaries seek review of US Space Force acquisitions. Russia launches new ELINT satellite in the country’s first orbital launch of 2021. Russian commercial space...

Space Matters #8

At a Glance:  US Space Force fields its own military intelligence branch.  US Space Force leadership acknowledges there is a gap in the US’s in-orbit proximity threat categorisation capability. The US Military’s space programmes aren’t self-sufficient for mission-critical hardware components.  China is building new space rocket engines.  OneWeb cuts its ...

Space Matters #7

At a glance: In an eventful fortnight, the US has released a new planetary protection strategy and a space nuclear power strategy, besides rechristening its Space Force personnel as “Guardians”. The Russian Military wrapped up the year 2020 with 21 satellite launches. The UK will retain access to the  European...

Space Matters #6

At a glance: In an eventful fortnight, the US has published a new National Space Policy. China is expecting its lunar sample retrieval mission to land back on Earth in a few days. The US military is rechristening its bases for its Space Force. A  Dutch-New Zealand company will now...

India Needs a More Transparent Approach To Space Situational Awareness

The recent, barely avoided collision between India’s Cartosat 2F and Russia’s Kanopus V satellites highlights the need for transparent space situational awareness (SSA) in India. Information about the close call only became public after a tweet by Roscosmos – the Russian state space corporation – that went into specifics about...

Space Matters #4

The Great Game for Space: China’s space tracking ship are seeing increased deployments To match the increased space launch rates , China’s third generation satellite tracking ship the Yuanwang-6 has seen increased deployments. The ship and others in its class act as mobile ground stations and try to crudely fill...

Space Matters #3

The Great Game for Space: Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between US and India has been signed. The newly signed agreement will grant India access to US DoD and US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA’s) “geospatial information bank”. This will have a direct impact on India’s long-range missiles, providing essential...

Space Matters #2

The Great Game for Space: The Artemis Accords have been signed: Eight countries (the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom) have penned their consent to a seven-page agreement which outlines principles that signatory nations in NASA’s Artemis programme are expected to adhere...

Space Matters #1

The Great Game for Space: China loses access to strategically important Satellite Tracking Stations in Sweden and Australia, diminishing their capability for remote sensing in the Pacific and North Sea. Recently Jonathan Barrett at Reuters reported that the Swedish Space Corporation(SSC) has decided not to conduct any new business with...
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