Indian startups are reaching for the stars, proposing the construction of colossal habitats in space, and they recently presented this futuristic vision to the UAE through The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe).

During the Elevate Pitching Session organized by the Indian Consulate in Dubai, multiple Indian companies drew inspiration from iconic structures like the Burj Khalifa and emphasized the fertile ground for pioneering space technology startups in the UAE.

Arun Radhakrishnan, Head of Business Development at Inspecity Space Laboratories Pvt Ltd, expressed the belief that space settlements are within reach.

His company envisions collaborating with the UAE to design a space city, emphasizing the need for collective efforts from various stakeholders.

Radhakrishnan highlighted the potential for building a large city in the low Earth orbit (LEO), comparing it to the concept of the O’Neill cylinder from the 1960s-70s. He stressed the proximity of LEO, just five minutes away from Earth, making it an ideal location for a space city.

The initial plan involves creating small orbital outposts, gradually connecting them to form a larger city as technology develops. Radhakrishnan optimistically suggested that the foundation for such a city could be laid within the current decade.

Another startup, SkyServe, showcased its goal of making space more accessible by developing an Edge computing platform, providing Insights-as-a-service.

Founder Goutam Naik explained their focus on overcoming data limitations caused by cloud cover, aiming to connect satellite operators with end users for various purposes, including monitoring crop health, detecting oil spills, overseeing pipelines, and supporting sustainability efforts.

Etherealx, with its fully reusable launch vehicle technology, aims to bring democratization to the space launch service systems. Manu J Nair, representing Etherealx, highlighted their medium-lift launch vehicle as a game-changer in the market dominated by Space X.

The company aims to significantly reduce launch prices, offering a 72-hour turnaround time for launch at a much lower cost.

Lastly, Augsenselab Pvt Ltd presented a multi-modality sensor payload designed for drones, revolutionizing remote sensing techniques and improving mapping.

Naveen Chittilapilly, the CTO of Augsenselab Pvt Ltd, emphasized the potential applications of their high-sensitivity sensor in border security and planetary explorations, particularly in detecting tunnels for both civilian and defense purposes.



Last Updated: 17 November 2023