NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Modi’s proposal at the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, which concluded two days ago, for a space exploration consortium is intended to broaden India’s options and propel it into the leadership stakes.
In this conversation on StratNews Global, space scientist Chaitanya Giri, Editor of Interstellar.news, argues that the proposal opens the door to India-China cooperation in space. There is absolutely none now and the China-Russia International Lunar Research Station is moving slowly with only a handful of partners. The generally positive reactions from China to the landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon lends weight to collaboration and cooperation.
At the same time, Giri notes that India’s private space sector is starting a slow rise and could benefit from possible funding from the UAE and Saudi Arabia, both of which have space ambitions.
As for Artemis, India signed the accord last month and is expected to send an astronaut to the International Space Station next year. It’s a win-win for India, being able to benefit from collaborating with a wide range of space partners.
Tune in for more in this conversation with Dr. Chaitanya Giri, Editor of Interstellar.news