India mulls drafting space law for commercial enterprises

India mulls drafting space law for commercial enterprises

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India, November 12, 2014: India is working on drafting a national space law the first draft of which is due for release in January 2015. This information was shared by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Radhakrishnan while delivering a lecture on 'Contribution of India's Space Programme in Nation Building' at Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis in New Delhi.

“We are going to have a workshop on the proposed national space law. We are working with a Hyderabad-based institute and the International Institute of Space Law School. I cannot say anything more,” he said.

At the moment, ISRO is guided by the satellite communication policy and national remote sensing policy besides international agreements on the peaceful use of outer space. One of the purposes of the proposed space policy could be to regulate the entry of private players in the space industry. And regulate commercial space activities in accordance with international laws.

The ISRO chief also said, “As many as 65 departments [of the central government] now use space-based applications in planning, policy making and monitoring.”

Source: Economic Times