India Seeks to Capitalize on Its Recent Space Success

Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India, July 10, 2015 (AP photo by Arun Sankar K).
Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India, July 10, 2015 (AP photo by Arun Sankar K).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on a range of countries’ space priorities and programs. Last week, India successfully launched 20 satellites in a single mission, a major success for the Indian Space Research Organization that positions India as a key player in the international commercial space market. In an email interview, Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College who writes in a personal capacity, discusses the state of India’s space program. WPR: What are India’s space capabilities—in terms of launch vehicles, space exploration, satellites and space-industrial complex—and who […]

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