Bio

I am a Co-founder at satsearch.co, with a mission to consolidate the global space supply chain, fostering increased collaboration, state-of-the-art development, and transparency within the market. Satsearch is building the “data layer” for the space industry, ensuring that we can collectively achieve our daring goals in outer space over the coming decade.

Founded my first company Dhruva Space in 2012, a NewSpace company based out of Bengaluru, India with a vision to lead the privatisation of the spacecraft industry in India. Dhruva Space participated in over a dozen stratospheric balloon campaigns with Indian Institute of Astrophysics and attempted to develop a micro-satellite class bus with a primary focus on Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) and Operation of satellites.

I have a DAAD PhD scholarship to finish my doctoral studies at Lehrstuhl Supply Chain Management, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, driving research based on business management with a focus on business ecosystems.

I did an Erasmus Mundus SpaceMaster (graduate course) with a scholarship from EGIDE (French Embassy Scholarship 2011) at the end of which I got a Master in Space Technology, Sweden and a Master in Space Techniques and Instrumentation, France. I have previously worked on research projects with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, DLR Institute of Space Systems, Germany.

With an interest in learning more in the realm of space policy, I got a Master in Space & Telecom Laws from the Center for Air & Space Law of NALSAR Law University, Hyderabad.

With my background in space technology, space policy and experiences in the entrepreneurial landscape of India, I spend most of my time on the integration of commercial and NewSpace possibilities into the Indian space ecosystem.

I am also the Curator of NewSpace India, a community and an online publication dedicated to crafting a NewSpace community India and presenting in-depth analyses of issues around the Indian space programme to the outside world. NewSpace India has a collection of articles, interviews providing insights into current issues in technology, policy, economics, commercialisation, geopolitics, and defence around the Indian space programme.

Apart from this, I recently got the Emerging Space Leader 2017 by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and was elected as a Member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL),  co-founded the Small Satellite Project Group at the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). was a founding member of Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) India chapter and helped organise SpaceUp Unconferences.

 

Here is a recent book I co-edited – Space 2.0 India – Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspective released as a part of the Observer Research Foundation – Annual Space Policy Dialogue.