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Isro senior scientist will lead IN-SPACe | India News

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BENGALURU: Three senior scientists, all directors of different Isro centers at present, are in the running for the presidency of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), a nodal body that will control and regulate the activities of private industry in the space sector.
Multiple sources confirmed to TOI that Isro recommended the names of S Somnath, P Kunhikrishnan and Shyam Dayal Dev for the position and that the Center will now announce the appointment.
While Somnath and Kunhikrishnan are directors of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) and UR Rao Space Center (URSC), respectively, leading the satellite and rocket divisions, Dev is the director of the Isro Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), working on both satellites and launch vehicles.
“These are the three oldest scientists and, as is the procedure, their names have been submitted. Now it is up to the government to decide who will be named president, ”said a source.
Another source said the names were sent to New Delhi about two weeks ago. TOI was the first to report earlier this month that the Center approved the manpower requirements for IN-SPACe, paving the way for the creation of the board that will also be comprised of members from private industry.
The board, which will be made up of members from private industry, academia and representatives of the Indian government, will act as a national nodal agency to promote private efforts in the space sector.
IN-SPACe will have its own independent directorates for technical, legal, security and protection monitoring, as well as for the promotion of activities within the DoS. The union cabinet had approved the establishment of IN-SPACe earlier this year, and the autonomous nodal agency will be empowered to make decisions that will be binding on Isro and private actors.
In addition to helping the private sector promote their business both domestically and globally, IN-SPACe will also offer them opportunities to undertake research and development activities and be a co-traveler on advanced interplanetary missions.
Furthermore, by providing access to Isro’s infrastructure, the new body and the proposed reforms will mitigate the large initial investments that private companies would have otherwise required to establish facilities for conducting space activities.

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