Interpreting India
Interpreting India
May 20, 2022
India's Space Sector with Narayan Prasad Nagendra
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In this episode, Narayan Prasad Nagendra joins Konark Bhandari to discuss the key developments in India’s space sector. India's space program has been widely recognized for its ability to produce cost effective space technology. This has slowly driven down the costs of missions, including orbital missions, lunar missions, and even Martian missions. However, these endeavors have largely been driven by ISRO, India’s national space agency. Realizing the need for an increased integration of the private sector into the Indian Space story, over the last few years, the Indian government has introduced a wide range of reforms in the Indian Space sector. In this episode of Interpreting India, we will take a closer look at India’s space sector and its key developments. What are these space reforms everyone speaks of? How close are we to seeing the next SpaceX of Indian origin? What is on the wish list for private space companies in India?


Episode Contributors

Narayan Prasad Nagendra is a co-founder at, a global marketplace for space with a mission to consolidate the global space industry supply chain. He also serves as a partner to the  SpacePark Kerala, a Government of Kerala initiative to develop a space-economic hub in India. He founded his first company Dhruva Space in 2012, a NewSpace company based out of Bengaluru, India with a vision to lead the privatization of the spacecraft industry in India.

Konark Bhandari is an associate fellow with Carnegie India. He is a lawyer who has researched on certain areas in the digital economy, focusing primarily on approaches to antitrust regulation of companies in the digital realm. 


Additional Reading

Space India 2.0: Commerce, Policy, Security, and Governance Perspectives by Rajeshwari Pillai Rajagoplan and Narayan Prasad Nagendra

Small Satellites for India’s Security: A Techno-Entrepreneurial View by Narayan Prasad Nagendra 

What India’s Budget Needs to Do to Move Its Space Program Forward by Konark Bhandari

The War in Ukraine and its Implications on India’s Space Program by Konark Bhandari


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