The notification from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) says: “The ACC approved the proposed appointment of the president and members of the Board of IN-SPACe in terms and conditions that the department must finalize with the approval of the competent authority. ”
And, senior DoS officials said STOI that the recommendation is to appoint Goenka as Chairman of the Board, who would also have a senior executive from L & T’s defense business, among others, but an official appointment order is pending as the process of establishing terms and conditions remains incomplete.
They added that Goenka, as Chairman of the Board, could go on to head IN-SPACe. “What has been cleared is the proposal for the constitution of the Board, and there is more process that is still pending,” said the official.
IN-SPACe, which was announced by the government in June 2020, will be the nodal agency that will regulate private industry in the space sector.
And as STOI previously reported, the agency, at the end of December last year had more than 22 proposals from Indian companies and institutions and four foreign companies. Jeff Bezos’ US-based Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Bharti Group backed the UK-based companies. OneWeb they were among the companies that had shown interest.
The sources add that there have been a host of new proposals ranging from permits for ground stations, establishment of satellite constellations to manufacturing and launching of satellites, vehicle launching and supply of applications, which have arrived at IN-SPACe in recent years. nine months and which the interim committee headed by R Umamaheshwaran, Scientific Secretary, DoS, has been reviewing them.