03 March 2017. From the 16th to 18th February 2017, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora and ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti participated, in their capacity as Dialogue Sponsors, in the 3rd ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue in New Delhi.

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The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) – a leading Indian think tank providing non-partisan, independent, and in-depth analyses and inputs to diverse decision-makers in governments, business communities, and academia – organises this annual policy dialogue in honour of Ms. Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-American woman in space, with the aim of highlighting the success of India’s cooperation with all the major spacefaring powers and creating a global platform for exchanging views on the growing socio-political challenges on Earth that must still be overcome in order to expand on the example set by Ms. Chawla.

The third edition of this annual space policy dialogue, held over two and half days and attended by more than 50 speakers from around the world, included nine broad panels covering the topics of: Space finance, India’s private players, Satellite internet for Digital India, Transponder capacity for broadcasting and broadband over India, Derivatives from space, Emerging space actors, Collective governance of Global Commons, Current and evolving challenges to space sustainability, Role of satellites in HA/DR contingencies, Making the case for India’s national space policy.

In addition, special lectures were given by spotlight speakers on the topics of “Space Sustainability and Global Governance”, “Outer Space and Strategic Stability”, “A New Frontier: Boosting India’s Military presence in Outer Space”, and “Elucidating the Components of India’s National Space Policy”.

The ESPI Director participated in the panel “Current and Evolving Challenges to Space Sustainability” and provided a comprehensive assessment of the many outstanding issues in the current space governance and the major threats to long-term sustainability. Mr. Aliberti took part in the panel “Making the case for India’s National Space Policy and discussed the importance of having a declared and comprehensive space policy as a tool for unlocking the full potential of international cooperation between India and Europe.

The programme, presentations and videos of the event can be accessed here: http://www.orfonline.org/kcspacedialogue/

In conjunction with this well-attended event, ORF also released a new book on the new facets of the Indian space programme entitled “India Space 2.0: Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives”. The book, edited by Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Narayan Prasad Nagendra, can be downloaded here:

http://www.orfonline.org/research/space-india-2-0-commerce-policy-security-and-governance-perspectives/

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