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Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre "EMPOWER IAS"

Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre "EMPOWER IAS"


  • The Union Cabinet recently approved the creation of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) to provide a level playing field for private companies to use Indian space infrastructure.




Boost to private industries:

  • Creation of the IN-SPACe is part of reforms aimed at giving a boost to private sector participation in the entire range of space activities.
  • It will also hand-hold, promote and guide the private industries in space activities through encouraging policies and a friendly regulatory environment.


Optimum utilisation of space assets:

  • New Space India Limited (NSIL) would endeavour to reorient space activities from a ‘supply-driven’ model to a ‘demand-driven’ one, thereby ensuring optimum utilisation of the nation’s space assets


ISRO to focus on core activities:

  • These reforms would allow the ISRO to focus more on research and development activities(R&D), new technologies, exploration missions and human spaceflight programme.
  • Some of the planetary exploration missions will also be opened up to the private sector through an ‘announcement of opportunity’ mechanism.


Other Agencies working in Space domain:


New Space India Limited (NSIL)

  • It functions under the administrative control of Department of Space (DOS).
  • It aims to commercially exploit the research and development work of ISRO Centres and constituent units of DOS.
  • The NSIL would enable Indian Industries to scale up high-technology manufacturing and production base for meeting the growing needs of the Indian space programme.
  • It would further spur the growth of Indian Industries in the space sector.



  • Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL), Bengaluru is a wholly-owned Government of India Company under the administrative control of the Department of Space.
  • It is as a marketing arm of ISRO for promotion and commercial exploitation of space products, technical consultancy services and transfer of technologies developed by ISRO.
  • Antrix is engaged in providing Space products and services to international customers worldwide.