Three private sector satellite makers are expected to send their earth observation satellites this fiscal, according to the sectoral regulator Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe).
About Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe):
- It is a single-window, independent, nodal agency that functions as an autonomous agency in the Department of Space (DOS).
- It is formed following the Space sector reforms to enable and facilitate the participation of private players.
- IN-SPACe is responsible to promote, enable authorize and supervise various space activities of non-governmental entities including
- building launch vehicles & satellites and providing space-based services;
- sharing space infrastructure and premises under the control of DOS/ISRO;
- and establishing of new space infrastructure and facilities;
- The agency acts as an interface between ISRO and Non-Governmental Entities (NGEs) and assesses how to utilize India's space resources better and increase space-based activities.
- It also assesses the needs and demands of private players, including educational and research institutions, and explores ways to accommodate these requirements in consultation with ISRO.
- Headquarters: Bopal, Ahmedabad.
Q1) What is an earth observation satellite?
An Earth observation satellite is a type of satellite that is specifically designed and equipped to monitor and gather information about the Earth's surface, atmosphere, oceans, and other environmental parameters from space. These satellites are essential tools for studying and understanding the Earth's natural processes, climate changes, weather patterns, and human activities on the planet.