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India sets up space cell

India : India has set up an integrated ‘space cell’ in the Defence Ministry to protect Indian satellites and to enhance their military and civilian capability.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will head the cell.
Officials are refusing to spell out the exact functioning of the cell, but say “it will protect rapid militarisation of space”.

Indian Army Chief Deepak Kapoor on Monday raised the pitch for establishing the much-delayed tri-services space command for persistent surveillance and quick response to any threat to India’s assets in orbit.
India has previously opposed the idea of the militirisation of space.

Kapoor demanded setting up of the centre in the wake of Chinese demonstration of shooting down satellites in January 2007.