Experts argue that Earth observation satellite policy must indicate control boundaries

The Indian earth observation satellite industry’s switch to industry-oriented goals demonstrates that the upcoming policies must include the permissions and legal boundaries. The DOS developed the Draft Space-Based Remote Sensing Policy of India-2020 and is waiting for recommendations and amendments before passing it as a law regulating their space operations moving to the future. Any country would love to have its satellites monitoring the country’s operations and possible sky threats and opportunities. The satellites send images to the security detail and control centers for further action. 

Chaitanya Giri of the Space and Ocean Studies Programme of the Indian Council on Global Relations stated that the Earth observation industry is switching from space agency dependence to industry operations. Giri added that this transition called for the amendment of the Remote Sensing Data Policy of 2011 to bring in new strategies that cover the industry needs rather than space agency demands. Giri explained that he recommended the draft Space-Based Remote Sensing Policy required further analysis to make it permissible into the new system.

Giri outlined that the draft must concisely explain the geospatial intelligence policies detailing national security and how the country will arrange itself to implement the regulations in tactical areas and regions. Giri noted that the draft does not enumerate the counter strategies to be taken when foreign commercial remote sensing data interfere with India’s details. Giri emphasized that the draft must articulate the technical aspects of sensitive remote sensing data that the satellites deployed would be working with without interfering with the international community.

The policy enumerates the data that will go under the sensitive heading consideration and how this data will be disbursed in the system to the required authorities. Giri laments the necessity of imaging data going through government agencies first before disseminating it to the company involved as per the policies implications. He argues that this move would make the commercial systems feel strained from efficiently conducting their operations. 

The draft details high-resolution data as sensitive making it tough for commercial companies using with this kind of data. The dispatch and utilization of such data would require authorization and consent from governmental bodies. This move would invade companies’ privacy dealing in such details that monitor the operations of huge companies. To sum up, Giri lauded the draft for creating room for innovation and research to advance space operations. He said that the space industry would grow in all dimensions, creating a niche for India’s listing among space explorers.

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