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The space industry in the country has the ability to foster a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurs and private businesses. Comment in the light of launch of Indian Space Association (ISpA).

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

6. The space industry in the country has the ability to foster a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurs and private businesses. Comment in the light of launch of Indian Space Association (ISpA). (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched Indian Space Association (ISpA), an industry body aspiring to be the voice of the country’s space sector.

Key Demand of the question: 

To analyse the role of private sector as a partner with the government to harness space technology and innovations for social welfare.

Directive word:

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning ISRO being the prime entity for space research so far allowing very limited space for other private parties to pitch in.

Body:

First, highlight the possible positive outcomes of letting in the private sector to bring in innovations in the space sector.

Next, suggest few examples that would link the use of space technology in public welfare and also boosting of security through better navigation and geolocation capabilities.

Also, discuss the employment opportunities this move would bring in, by giving opportunities to startups in this sector.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stating that the government being an enabler in the space research sector would bring in the best of all stakeholder’s capabilities to the table.