Chennai: The Indian government has decided to transfer all its earth observation/remote sensing satellites to a public sector undertaking (PSU) or central public sector enterprise (CPSE) for commercial utilisation, states the draft Space Based Remote Sensing Policy of India-2020.
The DOS recently came out with its Draft Space Based Remote Sensing Policy of India-2020 and has called for comments and suggestions by Dec 11, 2020.
For a nation, earth observation or remote sensing satellites are eyes in the skies that take ground pictures for various applications including national security.
As per the draft policy the space assets for satellite remote sensing established hitherto by DOS comprising of satellite systems and associated ground segment shall be transferred at no/notional cost to its designated public sector undertaking (PSU) or central public sector enterprise (CPSE) for operational maintenance and commercial utilisation, as deemed appropriate.
Though the draft policy is silent on the PSU’s name to which the remote sensing satellite assets are to be transferred, it will be NewSpace India Ltd. (NSIL) which has the mandate to own earth observation and communication satellites.
Similarly, remote sensing systems that are created upon fructification of research and development efforts shall also be transferred at no/notional cost, to the designated PSU/CPSE under DOS for commercial utilisation, when deemed fit, the draft policy notes.