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7) Recently SpaceX’s new Dragon capsule was successfully docked on the International Space Station (ISS), the launch proved to be a key step towards resuming manned space flights. In this context discuss the challenges of private participation in India’s space program and what are its potentials? (250 words)

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7) Recently SpaceX’s new Dragon capsule was successfully docked on the International Space Station (ISS), the launch proved to be a key step towards resuming manned space flights. In this context discuss the challenges of private participation in India’s space program and what are its potentials? (250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is in the backdrop of launch of SpaceX’s new Dragon capsule that was docked on the International Space Station (ISS), the launch proved to be a key step towards resuming manned space flights. The Indian space program has changed in the last decade with renewed focus on military applications of space, thus the question becomes important with respect to GS paper III.

Key demand of the question:

The main demand of the question is to explain the importance of private participants in the Indian space industry. What are the Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategic Concerns associated with it.

Directive word:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Narrate the background of the SpaceX’s success with respect to launch of Dragon capsule – a step towards resuming manned space flights.

Body:

Discuss how an important development in the U.S. space program over the last decade has been the emergence of private sector partners, What role does the private sector play in the Indian space program, and what challenges to further private sector development exist for India. Discuss the most important foreign partners  for India in the history of its space program; the relative importance of these partnerships changing, and what opportunities for collaboration has India identified.

Conclusion:

Conclude with optimism as India can achieve greater heights in Space given its current capabilities.

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