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NewSpace India

Author: Narayan Prasad

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The NewSpace India podcast brings you insights by providing glimpses of the past, addresses the present challenges and installs a vision for the future from experts who have been involved in India's space activities.

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In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Divyanshu speaks about his journey from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology to ISRO and from there to kicking off Rocketeers. He talks about the challenges they faced in the early days and how they've overcome many of them to be the largest producer of model rockets in India.
Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based startup backed by CureFit founders Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, is developing a rocket which can be assembled and launched in a day that will be used to hurl small satellites into space, eyeing a slice of the global market for tiny satellite launches that is expected to grow over the next decade. Skyroot, founded by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists Pawan Kumar Chandana, Naga Bharath Daka and Vasudevan Gnanagandhi, expects to demonstrate its first rocket by 2021, which it says could potentially reduce launch costs by a third.
Gurbir talks about his journey as a blogger and an author covering India's space activities. We discuss his perspectives of gaining access to information and people to write about India's space program as well as his discovery of learning about a rocket pioneer based in Calcutta in the 1930s.
In this episode, Abhijeet speaks about his experiences of growing up as a science fiction enthusiast to eventually starting a career in astrophysics. We talk about the challenges in understanding the avenues as well as the different career trajectories available to build a career in astrophysics.
Dr. Susmita Mohanty is a spaceship designer and serial aerospace entrepreneur. She is the CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, also co-founded MOONFRONT, San Francisco [2001-2007] and LIQUIFER, Vienna [2004-ongoing]. In this episode, she talks about growing up as a kid on the ISRO SAC campus and her journey of turning into an entrepreneur.
Wg Cdr Rakesh Sharma is a former Indian Air Force pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11, launched on 2 April 1984, as part of the Interkosmos programme. Sharma is the first Indian citizen to travel in space. In this episode, he talks about his experiences and discusses various aspects relevant to the upcoming human spaceflight program by India.
Starting from 1974, Chandrashekar spent more than 20 years working at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and covered all parts of the programme - satellite, rockets as well as the applications of space technology especially remote sensing. He was also involved with activities related to international co-operation and has represented and led Indian delegations to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. In this episode, he shares insights from his time at ISRO.
In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Mathieu Weiss, the Counsellor Space for the French Space Agency (CNES) talks about historical cooperation between the two countries and provides interesting new details on the planned future activities.
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