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US-India Second iCET Meeting Explores Space Collaborations

The United States and India have held its second meeting of the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) with U.S. National Security Advisor (APNSA) Jake Sullivan and Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval chairing the meeting in New Delhi. Since the launch of iCET in January 2023, the United States and India have made significant strides toward deepening and expanding strategic cooperation across key technology sectors including space.

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SUHORA and SatVu Form a Multi-Year Strategic Alliance

SUHORA

SUHORA has signed a new exclusive contract with SatVu, a UK-based high-resolution Thermal Satellite imaging company. This Strategic collaboration between SUHORA and SatVu unlocks huge potential for the users and industries in the region. The signing happened during the recently held Geospatial World Forum 2024. This significant collaboration, marked by signing the multi-year contract, solidifies the company’s commitment to innovation and excellence

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ISRO and US Discuss Future Space Collaboration Projects

ISRO

US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti has disclosed that the US will launch an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station(ISS) by the end of 2024. The Ambassador also explained that the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) project, a joint Earth-observing mission between the US space agency NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will likely launch by the end of the year.

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Dhruva Space Announces Successful Closure of its Series A Round

Dhruva Space, a full-stack Space Engineering solutions provider based in Hyderabad, India, has announced a successful closure of their Series A funding at INR 123 Crores (USD 14.7 million). The funding will go towards the company’s upcoming spacecraft manufacturing facility, strategic business acquisition plans, and enhancing product offerings to deploy them to the global market.

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SatSure Partners ReOrbit for Space Infrastructure Solution

SatSure

Bengaluru-based deeptech EO analytics and platform company SatSure, along with its subsidiary KaleidEO, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ReOrbit. This partnership aims to develop innovative full-stack solutions to meet the future market demands in the Earth Observation (EO) segment. As a part of this partnership, KaleidEO will provide the bleeding edge of future-ready payload technology meant for sub-meter imaging capability. Meanwhile, SatSure’s downstream solutions and analytics stack will support businesses needing last-mile connections.

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Pixxel Appoints William McCombe as New Chief Financial Officer

Pixxel

Pixxel has announced the appointment of William McCombe as its new Chief Financial Officer. In this role,  McCombe will oversee Pixxel's accounting, financial planning, capital raising, treasury, legal and regulatory functions, all supporting the Company's mission to revolutionize earth observation through cutting-edge hyperspectral satellite technology

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Bellatrix Aerospace Sucessfully Qualifies Propulsion Systems

Bellatrix Aerospace has achieved a significant milestone with the successful launch of its Rudra and Arka propulsion systems onboard ISRO’s PSLV C-58 launch vehicle on 1st January 2024. The company had earlier tested India's first privately developed Hall Effect Thruster (Arka) in 2021 and subsequently unveiled the nation's first High-Performance Green Propulsion system (Rudra) in 2022, representing significant milestones in Indian space technology.

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SKAO to Welcome India as Permanent Member

SKAO

The Indian Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), which is jointly funding India’s contribution alongside the Department of Science and Technology, has announced that plans are now underway to sign the Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO) Convention, the intergovernmental organization’s founding treaty. The observatory had anticipated full membership as the Indian Government was a party to the negotiation of the SKAO Convention and participated in the preparatory activities that led to the creation of the Observatory in early 2021.

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Dhruva Space Announces Successful Space Qualification

Dhruva Space

Dhruva Space has announced its successful Space-qualification of its P30 Satellite Platform launched as ‘Launching Expeditions for Aspiring Payloads - Technology Demonstrator’ (LEAP-TD) Payload onboard ISRO’s PSLV-C58 POEM-3 mission. The launch took place at 09:10 IST on 01 January 2024 from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

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