The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is in the process of developing indigenous capabilities aimed toward space tourism through the demonstration of human space flight capability to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
In his written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, the Minister informed that the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) also seeks to promote active participation of the private sector in carrying out end-to-end space activities, including space tourism.
IN-SPACe has been created as a single window agency under the Department of Space to promote, handhold, and authorize the activities of the private sector in the space domain, including those by young entrepreneurs and students interested in the field of Space Science. It is, among other things, developing mechanisms to enable sharing of technical facilities and expertise available across ISRO Centres with private entities.
With regards to a question on space diplomacy, the Minister said ISRO pursued international cooperation and relations with 61 countries in varied domains of space activities.
To a related question, Dr. Singh noted that the Department of Space (DOS) is in the process of drafting a comprehensive, integrated Space Policy, which shall provide direction to the activities of the private Indian space industry.