Pradeep Mohandas

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Should India Sign the Artemis Accords?

The Artemis Accords are a mechanism by which countries can participate in NASA’s Artemis Programme. The programme envisages landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon. NASA thinks international partnerships will play a key role in achieving...

Comments to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change on Demand for Grants (DFGs) in the Union Budget for FY 2021-22

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change invited comments on the Demand for Grants in Budget 2021-22. The following document presents an analysis of the overall budgetary trends across the concerned ministries and departments...

All Things Policy: Does the Government Spend as Promised?

 Does the government’s demand for funds actually match the outcomes it has promised? The department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology has tabled its report on the demand for grants by the seven ministries and departments under its...

All Things Policy: Reaching for the Heavens Via India

 Brazil is preparing to launch Amazônia-1, its first indigenously made earth-observation satellite, from Sriharikota in just a few days. In this special episode, we are joined by Adenilson Silva, the head of the launch mission, to talk about the...

All Things Policy: Launching India’s Space Start-ups into Orbit

 As Bengaluru-based start-up Pixxel prepares for the launch of its first satellite into space, we talk to its CEO, Awais Ahmed, about India’s growing commercial space sector, the promise it holds, and the challenges it faces.

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...