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Asia's Space RaceNational Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks$
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James Clay Moltz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156882

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156882.001.0001

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The Indian Space Program

The Indian Space Program

Rising to a Challenge

(p.110) Chapter Four The Indian Space Program
Asia's Space Race

James Clay Moltz

Columbia University Press

This chapter delves into the development of India's national space program. Similar to Japan and China, India received support from foreign nations, particularly the United States and the Soviet Union. India developed an almost exclusively civilian-oriented program early on, focusing on space applications to benefit its large and dispersed population. Until recently, India lacked any appreciable military space program, having focused for decades on Earth remote sensing, communications, and weather forecasting. However, China's rise in militarization and space exploration has caused the nation to take on a more active military stance. Through the Indian Space Research Organisation, the nation now has the capabilities to launch advanced reconnaissance satellites. They also have the knowledge to deploy a national system for precision navigation, opened a military space command, and can now develop kinetic antisatellite capabilities and possible laser weapons.

Keywords:   national space program, India, space applications, large and dispersed population, military space program, militarization, Indian Space Research Organisation, advanced reconnaissance satellites

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