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All set for IN-SPACe to take off; process begins to fill Director level posts with S&T employees on deputation

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New Delhi: Department of Space proposes to fill up posts at the Director, Deputy Director and Assistant Director level in the Directorates of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) on Deputation basis from the eligible S&T employees working in DOS/ ISRO Centres/Units.

The Office Memo for filling the IN-SPACe posts was issued on Wednesday 29 December 2021 with the approval of the Competent Authority.

The terms and conditions of deputation will be broadly as contained in the DoP&T OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt. (Pay II) dated the 17.06.2010, as amended from time-to-time.

The applications along with their bio- data, attested copies of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports for the last five years and Vigilance Clearance Certificate are equired to the departent of Space by January 21, 2022.

Terms and conditions and eligibility criteria of deputation:

• Age Limit:

Maximum age limit for deputation shall not exceed 56 years for posts below Level.

For Level 14 the maximum age limit shall be 58 years.

• Tenure of Deputation:

The period of deputation shall be 5 years which is extendable upto 7 years as per the extant orders on the subject. No further extension beyond the seventh year shall be considered.

• Eligibility:

For posts of Director (L-14), Dy. Director (L-13A/13) and Asst. Director (L-12/11), OSD (L-12) in each of the Directorates, the eligibility will be of persons holding analogous level posts in the Centre/Unit under DOS as well as possessing the expertise as required.

• Pay:

Those holding analogous posts will be eligible for deputation allowance and will continue to draw the basic pay of the post held in the parent Centre/Unit.

• Allowances:

(i) Deputation Allowance:

The deputation allowance shall be in accordance with the provisions contained in the DOP&T OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt. (Pay II) dated the 17.06.2010, as amended from time-to-time.

Following allowances will be regulated as per Government of India Orders:

HRA/Transport Allowance & Joining Time and Joining Time pay & Travelling Allowance and Transfer TA Children Education Allowance

(ii) Dearness Allowance:

The employee will be entitled to dearness allowance at the rates prevailing in the borrowing Entity or in the lending entity depending on whether he/she has opted to draw the pay in the ex-cadre post or the parent grade + deputation allowance.

LTC: Will be in accordance with Government of India Orders

Medical Facilities: This will be regulated in accordance with the CHSS

• Leave:

Will be continued to be governed by the Leave Rules as applicable before deputation to IN-SPACe.

• Promotion:

Those holding the posts of Scientist/Engineers will be considered for promotion as per their eligibility in their parent Centre/Unit. However, in the event of them being recommended for promotion, they will be granted only proforma promotion in IN-SPACe as the post sanctioned in IN-SPACe may be at a lower level. In terms of GOI orders on proforma promotion, their pay will be protected.

• Premature reversion to Parent Centre/Unit

When an employee is appointed on deputation basis, his services are placed at the disposal of the parent Centre/Unit at the end of the tenure only. For premature repatriation, a notice of not less than 3 months should be given.

• Miscellaneous

On all matters that are not mentioned explicitly, the employee will be governed by the rules/regulations/orders of ISRO/DOS/Government of India as amended from time to time.

The responsibilities and expertise required for the posts for various entities/directorates at IN-SPACe

Co-ordination Entity

• Interface with applicants
• Be a nodal point for DOS/IN-SPACe
• Coordinate the activities of all the Directorates and ensure timely clearance of applications
• Flag any matter which requires DOS clearances
• Manage Administration — day to day affairs of the Organisation


Post Director (Level 14)

Expertise required
• Technical & Project management expertise at senior level(14& above).
• Shall possess overall knowledge on the management of projects /programmes of ISRO, launch vehicle and spacecraft systems, infrastructure and facilities, , etc.

Assistant Director (Level 12/11)
• Technical/ operational/ project management expertise as a middle level (Level 12/11 ) Scientist/Engineer in Launch Vehicle/ Satellite/Operations/Space Application area

  1. Technical Directorate


• Assessment and evaluation of proposals w.r.t technical requirements, infrastructure capability, technological maturity, quality requirements, etc
• Planning and Supervision of technical activities of non-governmental entities in ISRO premises
• Technical liaising with ISRO for enabling and promoting participation of non- governmental entities in the field of space.
• Generate quality and reliability standards for commercial space activities.
• Assessment of orbit-frequency coordination requirements to establish and operate space asset by non-governmental entities.
• Coordination with other Ministries for ITU filing procedures regarding technical matters.
• Ensure interference free operations and compatibility with ITU filings of India and othercountries, for GSO & NGSO systems.

• Develop methodologies and mechanisms for assessing and evaluating proposals
• Implement the tasks identified by the Directorate


Post Director (Level 14)

• Technical/ operational/ project management expertise at senior level (14& above) in Launch
Vehicle/ Satellite /Space Application area.
• Shall possess overall knowledge on the management of projects /programmes of ISRO, launch vehicle and spacecraft systems, infrastructure and facilities, awareness on debris mitigation
requirements, space situational awareness, RF communication, etc.

Deputy Director (Level 13A/13)

• Technical/operational/project management expertise as senior/middle Level (13A/13 & above) Scientist/Engineer in Launch Vehicle/ Satellite
/Space Application area

Assistant Director (Level 12/11)

  • Technical/ operational/ project management expertise as a middle level (Level 12/11 & above) Scientist/Engineer in Launch Vehicle/ Satellite/Space Application area.

Security & Safetv Directorate

Responsibilities – Safetv related

• Assessment of safety requirements and protocols, range safety aspects, environmental and public safety aspects, risk and damage assessment, liability aspects, etc.
• In-orbit asset & ground stations safety assessment, protocols generation.
• Generate safety standards for commercial space activities
• Clearance of debris mitigation plan
• Launch pad safety plan pre and post launch
• Range safety assessment and clearance
• Planning, Supervision of Safety related activities and liaise with non- governmental entities for implementation of the same in ISRO/DOS premises
• Formulate guidelines and protocols to be followed by non-governmental entities for conducting technical activities in ISRO/DOS premises.

Responsibilities – Security related
• Establish mechanism to address requirements pertaining to applications in the domains of national security, strategic communications and surveillance.
• Security clearance for space activity purpose, orbit and orbital parameters, mission operations plan, etc
• Liaise with competent authorities for security clearance of space objects from inside and outside the country intended for space activity authorization.
• Establish mechanism to address cyber security concerns

Deputy Director


• Technical/ Operational/ Expertise as a Personnel at a Director senior/middle level (13A,13) Scientist/Engineer in (Level safety related aspects of Launch Vehicle/Satellite /Space 13/13A) Application/Space Infrastructure area.

Assistant Director level (12 & 11)


• Shall possess overall knowledge on terms and conditions of Director safety reliability, debris mitigation, liability etc., and security (12/11› aspects of for space related activities.

Promotion & Monitoring Directorate

Responsibilities – Monitorinq related
• Supervision of authorized space activities from start to end of mission to ensure compliance terms.
• Provide alerts on any activities that goes beyond the prescribed guidelines.
• Prescribe corrective actions and ensure compliance.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of the project post implementation and provide regular feedback.
• Coordination of space situation awareness activities, debris mitigation and monitoring
• Establish appropriate mechanism for interference monitoring for communication space systems in both Space and Ground Segment.
• Registration of Space Objects and maintenance of the National Space Registry

Responsibilities – Promotion related
• DeVelop programmes/initiatives for promoting space industry ecosystem in India
• Organise/Institutionalize activities/events for creating space awareness
• Define the technological strategy for promotional programmes to augment the capabilities in the country to bridge the gap for enabling and promoting participation of non-governmental entities in
the field of space.
• Establish capacity building facilities and infrastructure towards space activity promotion
• Develop methodologies and mechanisms for exercising the responsibilities/powers of Director/Dy. Director
• Implement the tasks identified by the Directorate

Post Director (Level 14)


Overall knowledge on the management of projects /programmes of ISRO, mission operations, awareness on quality reliability and safety requirements, debris mitigation requirements, space situational awareness, etc

Dy. Director (Level 13A/13)


• Technical/managerial expertise at a senior/middle level (13A/13) in Launch Vehicle/ Satellite/Space Application area.
• Overall knowledge on the management of projects /programmes of ISRO, mission operations, awareness on quality reliability and safety requirements, debris mitigation requirements, space situational awareness, etc

Assistant Director (Level 12/11)
• Technica!/ operational/ project management experience as a middle level (12/11 & above) Scientist/Engineer in Launch Vehicle/ Satellite /Space Application area.

  1. Officer on Special Dutv to Chairman, IN-SPACe


Officer On Special Duty:

  1. Qualification:
    a. Mandatory: BE/B.TEch
    b. Desirable: MBA
  2. Desirable experience:
    a. Minimum 6 years of experience working in techno-managerial area
    b. Knowledge of space systems — launch Vehicle, satellites, satellite based applications/services, facilities, etc.
  3. Desirable qualities:
    a. Excellent communication skills — written & verbal
    b. High level of interpersonal skills to interact with co-workers and executives
    c. Extremely detail oriented to ensure accuracy & quality across all tasks
    d. Excellent people skills
    e. Creative problem solving
    f. Excellent document/letters reading & interpreting skill
    g. Proactive and positive attitude towards work
    h. Ability to resolve problem and follow through on a variety of tasks
    i. Demonstrate highest level of ethics and ability to maintain confidentiality at all times with all situation and documentations, uphold organisational values.
  4. Responsibilities:
    a. Plan IN-SPACe board meetings in coordination with the Chairman and Members
    b. Prepare agendas, attend meetings and transcribe correspondence.
    c. PrOVide technical support to Chairman, IN-SPACe in generating documents, presentational materials, analysis reports, etc.
    d. Provide technical liaising services as deemed necessary by Chairman, IN-SPACe


People of India have the right to know all about India’s Space Pogramme and ISRO

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The chinks had started showing in Indian Space Research Organistion (ISRO) and its functioning when the Antrix-Devas scam had hit the headlines about 10 years ago. The news clipping below says a lot…..

After Pawan Kumar Goenka has taken over as Chairperson of In-SPACe, Dr. Raghunandan G Nadadur, who is a former Additional Secy & F A Department of Space ( 28 february 2011 and 5 January 2012)
and was earlier a Director with ISRO between 6 December 2010 and 28 February 2011, has published a post on his facebook wall with the heading “A request to Sri Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman, IN-SPACe”. It points to “Orders in respect of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe) published in the Government Gazette.

Obviously Nadadur is addressing those in the knowledgeable circles and those who matter. Still, to drive home his point, while advising the IN-SPACe Chairperson how he should carry out his responsibilities, the ex-civil servant has chosen to be repetitive while rolling out point-wise the work of IN-SPACe as outlined in the website of ISRO, as follows:

1) IN-SPACe is to be established as a single window nodal agency, with its own cadre, which will permit and oversee the following activities of Non Government Private Entities (NGPEs).
2) Space activities including building of launch vehicles and satellites and providing space based services as per the definition of space activities.
3) Sharing of space infrastructure and premises under the control of ISRO with due consideration to on-going activities.
4) Establishment of temporary facilities within premises under ISRO control based on safety norms and feasibility assessment
5) Establishment of new space infrastructure and facilities, by NGPEs, in pursuance of space activities based on safety norms and other statutory guidelines and necessary clearances.
6) Initiation of launch campaign and launch, based on readiness of launch vehicle and spacecraft systems, ground and user segment.
7) Building, operation and control of spacecraft for registration as Indian Satellite by NGPEs and all the associated infrastructure for the same.
8) Usage of spacecraft data and rolling out of space based services and all the associated infrastructure for the same.
9) IN-SPACe will draw up an integrated launch manifest considering the requirements for ISRO, NSIL and NGPEs based on priorities and readiness level.
10) IN-SPACe will work out a suitable mechanism for promotion & hand holding, sharing of technology and expertise to encourage participation of NGPEs in space activities.
11) In order to carry out the space activities, capital-intensive, high technology facilities will be required by NGPEs. These facilities, spread across various ISRO Centres, shall be permitted for use by NGPEs.
12) IN-SPACe will work out a suitable mechanism to offer sharing of technology, expertise and facilities on free of cost wherever feasible or at reasonable cost basis to promote NGPEs.
13) IN-SPACe will act as an autonomous body, under DOS, as a single window nodal agency for enabling and regulating space activities and usage of ISRO facilities by NGPEs.
14) IN-SPACe will also permit establishment of facilities, within ISRO premises, based on safety norms and feasibility assessment.
15) The marketing, sharing and dissemination of remote sensing data shall be governed by Remote sensing policy. Each application requiring examination as per new policy will be examined and permitted by IN-SPACE factoring legal and security aspects.
16) The decision of IN-SPACe shall be final and binding on all stakeholders including ISRO. NGPEs will not be required to seek separate permission from ISRO.
17) A multi-disciplinary review and assessment mechanism comprising of four Directorates for Technical, Legal, Safety & Security, Monitoring & Promotion and will assist IN-SPACe in carrying out its functions.

Underscoring these points, Nadadur goes on to inform his audience that as a former civil service officer, has been conditioned to understand that Government takes decisions “in its infinite wisdom”.

Fruther, he says: “I am sure that a great deal of thought has gone into the decision to set up IN-SPACe. Hence, I will not venture to question the decision of Government in setting up IN-SPACe.”

“A study of the roles of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL) and the New Space India Limited (NSIL) shows that all the work that has been entrusted to IN-SPACe is now being performed by these three bodies.”

“I am sure that there are going to be situations in which IN-SPACe comes into conflict with ISRO or Antrix Corporation or NSIL. I wonder which authority will be the referee in such a case. Will it be Secretary, Department of Space (DOS) or Chairman, Space Commission or the PM himself? As of now, Chairman, ISRO is also Secretary DOS and Chairman, Space Commission. So, will all conflict situations be referred to the PM or will an independent person be appointed as Chairman, Space Commission too?”

“As a person who has spent many years serving in ISRO, I am familiar with the personnel who are still serving in that great organization. I have also been reading about the stellar accomplishments of Chairman, IN-SPACe. I must confess that I am quite apprehensive about the ability of the personnel in ISRO to face up to the challenges that may be posed by IN-SPACe and the team that will be assembled by its redoubtable Chairman.”

“I believe that ISRO is an organization that has served and is continuing to serve Bharatmata in a very dedicated manner. The activities of ISRO are not just commercial. There are activities that relate to the spheres of development and welfare, societal needs, national security and defence.
I am sure that many activities of ISRO will not be of interest to the partners of IN-SPACe. Indeed, those partners are not in the game for philanthropy. Such being the case, it is important that the level of morale and motivation of all the personnel in ISRO is always maintained at a very high level.”

“I know that we cannot ask Chairman, IN-SPACe to give anything less than his very best to the new organization that he now heads. He has entered upon his new assignment with the same energy and enthusiasm that he has displayed during his several decades of service. Indeed, I am also sure that there are great expectations from him from several authorities, including the PM himself.”

“I would only like to request Sri Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman, IN-SPACe to take every step in a measured manner and also only after thinking about its likely impact on ISRO and its personnel. It is in the interest of Bharatmata that ISRO and IN-SPACe work in tandem to bring greater glory to our dear country.”

Tapan Misra with NASA Administrator, acclaimed astronaut and former Space Shuttle Commander, Charles Bolden, who visited SAC in 2013 to specifically visit the lab where RISAT could be built at so much economical cost under leadership of Tapan Misra

In a no-holds barred response to this, distinguished scientist, former Advisor ISRO and Director Space Application Centre (SAC) Tapan Misra has commented on the former civil servant’s facebook post.

Misra’s post says a lot and we are publishing it in varbatim – “

Tapan Misra says:

“I see all the lamentations. Like Gandhari’s crying after Mahabharata war was over. Had Vidur and Bhishma exhibited their spines during disrobing of Draupadi, Gandhari need not have to see the day. I saw the ugly face of ISRO. Centre Director was poisoned in august presence of full ISRO council, all evidences were wiped out literally by water and fake enquiry was conducted. Then none of the seniors, some of whom are now lamenting, did any semblance of protest. Then there was litany of failures – RISAT-1 destruction, PSLV heat shield not opening, GSAT 6A Failure, ugly attempt to scuttle GSAT 11 launch, or recent GISAT launch failure. On top of it , Chandrayan 2 lander fiasco and brazen attempt to cover it up (sic) and many other criminal activities, which I do not want to recount. In space business, we should learn from mistakes. But repeated failures? How can you learn, when the failure analysis reports will even make donkeys laugh? ISRO was on a steady downhill. From Kiran Sir’s time and continuing. Government cannot just watch. They have to take corrective action. What will you do when malaise is no longer a disease but cancer? It can no longer be covered up by friendly press report. No point in crying. At the end of the day, we were being pampered by taxpayers, because they trusted us. We no longer could live upto the trust, reposed on us by the nation. Nation is above ISRO.


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PM encourages industry, startups, academia to participate in space activities

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with space industries, startups and academia on Monday 14 December 2020 to encourage their participation in space activities.

The Prime Minister, underscored the need to strengthen the professional talent pool of the country to empower the field of space.

The PM, directing his observation toward Department of Space said handholding the industries can take the country to greater heights with faster speed. He assured that the government will do its best in making industry-friendly policies to support the innovative ventures. He expressed hope and confidence that this initiative will create high technology jobs for our youth from IITs, NITs and other engineering colleges. This will also ensure long-term development of the country and society and change the lives of the poor people.

The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister had taken the historic decision in June 2020 to open up the Space sector and enable the participation of Indian private sector as a co-traveler in India’s space programme. 

Following the Cabinet approval, the approach towards space activities in the country will shift from a ‘supply-based model’ to a ‘demand-based model’.

With the creation of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe), the reforms would provide level playing field for private companies and start-ups.

Several industries have submitted proposals with the newly created IN-SPACe functioning under Department of Space. The proposals relate to a vast range of activities including satellite constellation, small satellite launch vehicles, ground station, geospatial services, propulsion systems and application products.

Monday’s interaction meeting was represented by eight space industry participants  in interactive mode with the PM. They included Sunil Bharti Mittal from Bharti Enterprises, Jayant Patil from Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Srinath Ravichandran from Agnikul Cosmos Pvt Ltd, Pawan Kumar Chandana from Skyroot Aerospace Ltd, Colonel H S Shankar from Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Rakesh Verma from MapmyIndia, Awais Ahmed from PIXXEL India and Ms Srimathy Kesan from Space Kidz India. Seven other industry representatives participated as observers in the session.

The meeting started with a curtain raiser by Dr K. Sivan, Secretary DOS/Chairman ISRO. He gave an outline of the various kinds of requests received from industry for obtaining permission from IN-SPACe and support from Department of Space. He informed that more than 25 industries have already approached DOS for getting permission or support for undertaking their space activities. He added that actions have been taken to address the requirements and applications are being processed on a fast track mode. This was followed by feedback on reforms by industries briefing about the outline of their proposed space activities and expressing their views on space reforms during the session. This interaction further demonstrated the efficacy of space as an area of investment, innovation, inspiration, interconnection and integration.