India Space Congress 2024: The Countdown Begins

ISC 2024 will be held at New Delhi from June 26-28. More than 800 specialists, technocrats, and government representatives from across the globe, will deliberate on different aspects of space tech at the forum, besides the opportunities offered by India, by opening up this vital sector to private players


The theme of the three-day Indian Space Congress 2024, organised by Satcom Industry Association India, is ‘Bridging Boundaries, Transforming Tomorrow’.

“The recent liberalisation of policies, including the Indian Government’s decision to allow up to 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in select space sectors and the unveiling of space authorisation guidelines by INSPACe, has created vast potential and opportunities for global collaboration,” Subba Rao Pavuluri, President, SIA-India, said in a statement.


ISRO Chairman S Somanath, IN-SPACe Chairman Pawan Kumar Goenka, Global Space Operations Association Director General Isabelle Mauro, Leaolabs Australia President Terry Van Haren, Co-Founder and CEO of Quantum Orbit IIST Ben Moussa Abdoulahi Dia and policymakers, representatives of space agencies from different countries, innovators and business leaders from several countries are expected to attend the ISC.


“With an extensive programme featuring approximately 35 thematic sessions and a special session on the Indo-Pacific coalition, the conference showcases collaborations with over 30 countries, including Australia, the Philippines,

Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Africa and the United States,” Anil Prakash, Director General, SIA-India.


Prakash said from the keynote addresses to the interactive workshops and exhibitions, the India Space Congress 2024 offers unparalleled opportunities for the attendees to engage, learn and shape the future of space exploration. The Congress will provide an opportunity for insightful discussions, innovative ideas, and a glimpse into the future of space exploration of tech leaders, innovators and business leaders besides government representatives.


The ISC 2024 will serve as a catalyst for shaping the future of space technology, fostering collaboration, inspiring disruptive business models, driving investments, nurturing startups, and influencing regulatory and policy support. In addition it will try to transcend boundaries, explore new horizons, and collectively transform tomorrow through the power of space technology innovation.


The India Space Congress 2023, hosted by SIA-INDIA, marked a significant

milestone in fostering critical collaborations and advancements within the space

sector, aimed at socio-economic empowerment. The conference attracted

prominent figures, including ambassadors of various countries, secretaries, the head of the Netherlands Space Agency, the Chief Economist of NASA, and senior officers from ISRO and DoT.


With speakers and delegates representing nearly 30 nationalities, the event facilitated a rich exchange of ideas under the theme ‘Reimagining Space Sector for Empowering Socio-Economic Development.’


ISC-2023 played a pivotal role in uniting key stakeholders to envision and drive transformative strategies for India’s space endeavours. The focus was on leveraging space technology to catalyse growth and progress across key sectors, highlighting the congress’s commitment to utilising space advancements for comprehensive economic development and exploring new market potentials.


Through these concerted efforts, SIA-India aimed to strengthen collaborations with state governments and harness space technology’s potential to foster socio-economic development in the respective states.


The key topics of discussions at the ISC 2024, will include SpaceTech advancements, entrepreneurship, global impact, challenges and opportunities, regulatory insights, academia collaboration, next-gen infrastructure, legal aspects, geospatial data, national security, environmental monitoring, space tourism, satellite communication, asteroid mining, space debris management, lunar exploration, and artificial intelligence in space technology. The SIA-India aims to replicate the success of its earlier efforts and broaden the horizon for partnerships for Indian companies in the Indo-Pacific and at global level.