NewSpace India

NewSpace India
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.

Investing at seed stage in NewSpace India startups
Jul 3 • 47 min
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…
India’s forgotten rocket pioneer
Jun 19 • 86 min
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…
Building small satellite/cubesat missions in Indian universities
Jun 5 • 61 min
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…
India’s ASAT test and its role in space security
May 22 • 67 min
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…
Setting up a Space Regulatory Authority of India (SRAI)
May 8 • 47 min
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…
Taking satellite data to the fishing community
Apr 24 • 48 min
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…
India needs a national space policy before a space law
Apr 10 • 42 min
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
Mar 27 • 49 min
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…
Building a business using Earth Observation (EO) satellites in India
Mar 13 • 40 min
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
Feb 28 • 48 min
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…
Evolution of commercial satcom in India
Feb 14 • 121 min
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
Jan 31 • 59 min
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
Jan 17 • 45 min
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…
The journey of satellite remote sensing in India and the challenges it faces today
Jan 3 • 66 min
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…
Foundations of the Chinese space program and its current capabilities
Dec 20, 2019 • 68 min
There is very little understanding of the Chinese space capabilities in India. Prof. Chandra who has been one of the experts on space-related activities has studied Chinese space activities and its spread in recent years. He an excellent insight into the…
Pixxel - Turning an idea into a space start-up from the campus of BITS Pilani
Dec 6, 2019 • 53 min
Pixxel, a space startup by two 20-year-old entrepreneurs from BITS Pilani is building a constellation of nanosatellites that can provide an entirely new kind of dataset that can help detect, monitor and predict global phenomena in near real-time. Kshitij…
An institutional investor’s thesis for funding NewSpace in India
Nov 22, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode, Mahesh Murthy who runs Exseed Fund, an institutional capital source that plans to invest in NewSpace companies in India talks about Exseed Space now known as Satellize and his thesis of why it is a great time for investing in NewSpace…
Space law and its relevance for the rise of India’s space entrepreneurs
Nov 8, 2019 • 48 min
What is space law? Is it important to have one to help entrepreneurs, investors and users of space-based services in India? How effective is India’s draft space activities bill put out by the Department of Space (DOS)? How do other countries handle…
Commercial space activities need to be inclusive of emerging NewSpace players
Oct 25, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, we talk about Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the need for evolving a landscape for inclusive growth for commercialising space activities in India.
Making model rocketry accessible as a tool in hands-on education
Oct 11, 2019 • 50 min
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…
Building a launch vehicle startup out of India
Sep 27, 2019 • 66 min
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…
India’s space program needs a public outreach overhaul
Sep 13, 2019 • 58 min
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…
Challenges in building a career in Astrophysics in India
Aug 30, 2019 • 42 min
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…
Susmita Mohanty - India’s protégée of Arthur Clarke
Aug 16, 2019 • 33 min
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…
India’s approach to human spaceflight with Rakesh Sharma
Aug 2, 2019 • 35 min
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…
A management graduate in India’s space agency during the 70s
Jul 19, 2019 • 57 min
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…
Cooperation in Space between India and France
Jul 5, 2019 • 42 min
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.