Lt. Gen. B. S. Nagal

Former Commander, Strategic Forces Command

A. Sivathanu Pillai

Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO

Francois Rivasseau

Special Envoy for Space, Head of Security Policy and Space Division, European External Action Service

Jacques Blamont

Founder Member, CNES

G. Madhavan Nair

Former Chairman, ISRO

Mazlan Othman

Project Director, Mega Science 3.0, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia.

M.V. Kotwal

Former Senior Vice President, Heavy Engineering Division, L&T

B.L. Chawla

Father of Late Dr. Kalpana Chawla

Salem Humaid Al Marri

Assistant Director General, Scientific & Technology Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, United Arab Emirates.

Sathya Narayanaswamy

Country Manager (India), ViaSat

Sergio Marchisio

Full Professor of International Law, University La Sapienza of Rome

Sridhar Ramasubban

Sales & Marketing Lead, Team Indus

Rakesh Sood

Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament and Non-proliferation Issues

V.K. Saraswat

Member, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

Sergei Avdeyev

Cosmonaut, Russia

Marco Aliberti

Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) (Vienna, Austria)

Guilhem Ravier

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters (Geneva)

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ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue

Today, nations are dependent on outer space assets for a wide array of functions in both civilian and military domains. The number of players (state and non-state) utilizing outer space for these purposes is set to increase dramatically making it congested, potentially leading to conflicts and accidents. Issues such as space debris, arms race in space, radio frequency interference are also likely to become impediments for the long-term sustainability of outer space. These factors underline the need to strengthen existing arms control measures while establishing norms for responsible behaviour in outer space. Therefore, it is imperative to create global platforms for exchanging views on these issues and make workable recommendations.


Day wise schedule of the conference

Day 1

16 February 2017
The Dome, Vivanta by Taj — Ambassador

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Day 2

17 February 2017
Tamarind, Habitat World,

India Habitat Centre, Entry Gate 1

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Day 3

18 February 2017
Tamarind, Habitat World,

India Habitat Centre, Entry Gate 1

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Videos 2016

Inaugural Session

State of Play of the Outer Space Regime

Role of Policy in Transponder Availability for Broadcasting and Broadcast Sector

ORF-USIBC Dinner Panel

Shaping the Debate on India’s National Space Policy

NASA Perspectives on Human Exploration of Mars

Valedictory Session

What NewSpace Can Make in India?

Emerging Threats in Outer Space

Increasing Private Sector Participation: What NewSpace Can Make in India?

Regional and International Cooperation – Realities, Challenges and Prospects

Derivatives from Space: Mapping Scope of Downstream Applications

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ORF began its journey in 1990 at the juncture of ideation tempered by pragmatism. During the period of India’s transition to a new engagement with the international economic order, several challenges emerged, evoking a need for an independent forum that could critically examine the problems facing the country and help develop coherent policy responses. ORF was thus formed, and brought together, for the first time, leading Indian economists and policymakers to present the agenda for India’s economic reforms.



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