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Reports: India plans aerospace military command to oversee space-based assets

Reports: India plans aerospace military command to oversee space-based assets

India plans to create an aerospace command to control and protect satellites and spacecraft orbiting the Earth, news reports said Monday, quoting the head of the country's air force.
Air Chief Marshal Shashi Tyagi said India was an aerospace power with "transoceanic reach" and it was important for it to be able to exploit outer space.
"As the reach of the Indian Air Force is expanding it has become extremely important that we exploit space, and for it you need space assets," The Indian Express newspaper quoted Tyagi as saying at an air force conference in the western Indian city of Gandhinagar.
Tyagi's comments follow a Chinese anti-satellite weapons test on Jan. 11 in which it used a missile to shoot down an old weather satellite.
Tyagi said the aerospace command would be set up with the help of the Indian Space Research Organization, the country's government-run civilian space program, but "will have distinct features as it is a military command."
He gave no timeframe for setting up the command.
India said last week that it successfully tested technology that ensures the safe return of astronauts from space after an orbiting capsule splashed down in the Bay of Bengal off the country's east coast after circling the Earth for 11 days.


Updated : 2021-05-17 09:56 GMT+08:00