Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to open its facilities to the private sector.
Referring to some of the path-breaking historic reforms in the Department of Space, Dr. Singh said that possibly for the first time in the history of Independent India, future projects for planetary exploration, outer space travel, etc., will be open for the private sector. This, he said, was also a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's Aatmanirbhar roadmap towards a self-reliant India, which envisages the initiative to boost private sector participation in space exploration. Dr. Singh said that the Indian private sector will be a co-traveller in the country's space sector's journey. He said private companies will be provided a level playing field in satellite launches and other space-based activities.