India’s space diplomacy

India’s space diplomacy has evolved over time to include international partners and the private space sector.

India has led the way in South Asian cooperation, exemplified by the GSAT-9 satellite launched for SAARC member states in 2017.

The NewSpace wave has opened a gateway of opportunities for the private sector, but policy reforms are needed for more participation.

India’s bottom-to-top approach has propelled its growth and innovation, leading to multiple international partnerships in the space sector.

The US sees India as a potential navigator to overcome challenges while India prefers its independent position in international affairs.

Space cooperation can be used as one of the ways to keep its global position independent.

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