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ISRO Sets Eyes on Space Laws, Debris Clearance

Indian space agency ISRO is concerned about the space dbris that might pose a serious challenge unless regulatory measures are chalked out by international playsers, said its chief at a seminar in IDSA in New delhi.

Raising concerns over the safety and security of Indian space assets, ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said that there are thousands of expired communication satellites and they may pose challenge to new satellites.

"If we can tackle that or if we can identify arrival of debris, a spacecraft can itself move out of the place," Radhakrishnan said, giving a lecture on ‘Contribution of India’s Space Programme in Nation Building’ at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis. He said nearly 15,000-16,000 space non-live satellites or are scattered in the space.

He said there will be a workshop in January 2015 on the subject. "We are working with a Hyderabad-based institute and the International Institute of Space Law School,” he said.

The ISRO chief said policies related to different legal aspects of space and remote sharing of remote sensing data was already there in India but there was a need to have a space law, comprehensive of all space related policies, he said.

“We have a policy on satellite, we have a SATCOM policy, which is there is on our website. For remote centre data dissemination, what kind of data can be given to which agency, we do have a policy and it is well known. An overall space law for the country is what we are trying to evolve,” he said.

On sending human missions into space and robotics area, Radhakrishnan said India is lagging behind but the space agency is working towards it. “India is making the beginning by looking at the difficult technology in this area. By December 2014, we will have a test flight of our GSLV Mark III," which is a re-entry mission that helps send humans into deeper space exploration.

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