ISBN 9789383649020,Quest for Space: The Indian Connect

Quest for Space: The Indian Connect



Knowledge World Publishers

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789383649020

ISBN-10 938364902X

Paper Back

Number of Pages 282 Pages
Language (English)

Popular astronomy & space

Human endeavours in space over the past six decades have reached a stage that just about every facet of human life today has some complement of space capability contributing to it, encompassing the entire spectrum from telecommunications, navigation, weather forecasting, remote sensing, broadcasting and disaster management. Space exploration actually owes its origins to matters military, with civil applications coming about as a by-product. Capability building in space thereafter has witnessed frenzied progress, in the spheres of both the military and the civil/commercial.
With an ever increasing number of countries joining the space bandwagon, space is getting congested and competitive. International legislation on space, though well meaning, is largely viewed to be inadequate to address the concerns of equitable access to space and more alarmingly, is reticent on the issue of militarisation and weaponisation.
The Indian presence in the global space order is rather significant. Ranking sixth globally in terms of space budget and technological ca pability, India is capable of going beyond its calling. Its multi-dimensional space programme spans almost the entire spectrum from space launch to satellite construction and their employment in a large array of development-centric applications, and in recent years, in missions beyond the Earth. The Mangalyaan mission to Mars currently underway symbolises Indias indigenous technological prowess and is a harbinger of its capability of cementing its status as a responsible space player at the global level.
India, thus, stands today, technologically robust and self-reliant-well poised in the global space order to look beyond its domestic charter and address the concerns of the international global community. Space legislation, situational awareness and international cooperation in space security are some of the geostrategic options analysed in this book, which could facilitate Indian positioning in the global space order.
1. Understanding Space
Characteristics of Space
From Earth to Orbit
Launch Considerations
Orbital Concepts
2.Dawn of the Space Age
The Need for High Ground
The Route to Space Lay Through Weapons
Emergence of the Space Age
3.Other Players in Space
European Space Agency (ESA)
The Rising Sun
The Dragon in Space
Israels Space Ambitions
Iran Reaches Space
North Korea Eyes a Slice of the Space-Pie
South Korea Takes to Space
Indonesias Budding Space Programme
Malaysias Space Debut
Pakistans Space Card
4.Space: The Indian Connect
Science in India Through the Ages
The Indian Space Saga
Space-based Applications for the Society
The Years Ahead
5.Space Assets: Threats and Vulnerabilities
Threats from the Cosmos
Threats Emanating from Man-made Activities
Mitigation Techniques Against Counter-Space Measures
6.The Laws of Space
The Existing Legal Framework
National Law in the Indian Context
International Space Law and its Flaws
The European Initiative
7. National Security from the Space Domain: Legality and Ethics
A Historical Perspective
Milsats in the Realm of National Security:
Some Emerging Trends
Space and National Security: The Legal Dimensions
8.Some Geostrategic Imperatives for India
Bonafide Need for Indias National Space Policy
Soft Power Projection
Endeavours at the International Level
Space Security Imperatives for India
9. Conclusion
About the Author: Rajath Jairath
Rajath Jairath: Brigadier Rajat Jairath, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, was commissioned into the Army Air Defence branch in June 1981. An alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, he is a post-graduate in Strategic and Defence Studies from Madras University and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management. He has served as an instructor in the Army Air Defence College. He has commanded an Air Defence Regiment in the Western Theatre and an Air Defence Brigade in a Strike Corps. He is a regular contributor to defence related journals and magazines.