No Plans To Make A Law Specific To Space Tourism: Govt Tells Parliament

by Swarajya Staff - Jul 29, 2022 10:25 AM +05:30 IST
No Plans To Make A Law Specific To Space Tourism: Govt Tells ParliamentA rocket launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation. (ISRO/Twitter)

The government on Thursday (28 July) said that formulation of a law on space tourism is currently not under its consideration.

"At present there are no laws governing space tourism in the country. Also, there are no plans to make a law specific to space tourism," Union Minister of State for Space Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

"However, as part of ‘Gaganyaan’ mission, India is developing technologies and crew safety protocols required for human space flight missions," he added.

The minister informed that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO0 is currently developing technologies for Human Rated Launch Vehicle, Orbital Module, Life Support System, Crew Escape System, Human Centric Products and Crew Recovery for Gaganyaan mission.

"All these technologies will act as building blocks for pursuing space tourism in future," he said.

In another question related to private start-ups offering satellite services to global customers, Singh informed that about 15 start-ups are working in the domain of offering satellite services i.e. value-added services through satellite data.

The minister said that Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre [IN-SPACe] is conducting a survey to build the capability matrix of Indian start-ups, which shall serve as the definite database for private activities in space sector.

In light of the space reforms announced by the Government in 2020, greater participation of Non-Government Entities [NGEs] is envisaged in carrying out end-to-end activities in space sector, he said.

Under these reforms, government may consider Public Private Partnership (PPP) for advancement of space technology, the minister added.

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