Space is relatively an explored area by Indian businesses. But given the advances in space technologies recently, there are few startups in India that have started working on creating home grown value around this area.
Here, we list down 7 such startups that are making a mark in the area of space exploration.
Creating breakthrough technologies for global development is the mission of Applied Research & Development Laboratories (ARDL). We are a group of professionals who believe that technology is the only way to improve our life and amalgamating technology in day-to-day activity will boost productivity and enable people to be more efficient. By making pivotal investments in new technology-driven ideas, ARDL imagines and makes possible new capabilities for overcoming the challenges that lie ahead. In an uncertain world, with constrained budgets, providing these new capabilities is more important than ever.
ARDL subscribes to the belief that open source technology encourages innovation and creativity, while helping empower individuals to build the projects they want. We mainly focus on low cost, lightweight & high quality solutions for the global needs.
Astrome is an Indian space technology company that aims to provide high speed broadband internet from space. To achieve this, they are developing next generation technologies that will have high impact on the lives of people. High-speed broadband which is currently limited to urban areas, will be made location independent by their Advanced High Throughput Satellites (HTS). Through this, they hope to develop an ecosystem that can make quality education, healthcare and government services more accessible over internet. They are incubated at the Indian Institute of Science, India’s premier research institute.
Their first set of high capacity satellites are scheduled to be launched in 2019. They will form a mini-constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and start providing regular, yet reliable, broadband connectivity. A year later, in 2020, a lot more satellites will enter LEO and form a full fledged constellation of high capacity satellites, guaranteeing continuous and reliable broadband connectivity to users on earth.
Bellatrix Aerospace is a private R&D organisation specialising in the field of Rocket & Aircraft Propulsion, In-Space Propulsion, Defense and Energy sector Bellatrix Aerospace is developing innovative technologies to provide affordable access to space with varied interests in orbital launch vehicles, deep space exploration, in-space propulsion systems, satellite construction and avionics.
The company has designed and developed 2 types of Electric Propulsion Thrusters for Nano and Medium sized satellite platforms Bellatrix Aerospace also develops and manufactures indigenous technologies for the future defence industry/armed forces, specializing in unmanned aerial and ground vehicles which incorporate state of the art artificial intelligence systems.
Dhruva Space is a private space company based in India established in the year 2012 to lead the turnkey spacecraft development private industry in India. We have signed an MoU to develop the followup mission to HAMSAT-1 launched in 2005 by ISRO and are currently working towards the establishment of an AIT for microsatellites in Bengaluru. We work closely with local industry and are continuously working towards capacity building and nurturing local talent for supporting the Indian Space Program.
Earth2Orbit (E2O) is a new generation aerospace company set up with a goal to be a leader in India’s emerging private enterprise for space exploration and utilization. E2O’s Indian presence includes Mumbai, Bangalore, Trivandrum and Ahmedabad. E2O has international satellite offices in San Francisco and Vienna complemented by an international sales network. E2O products and services include: Satellite & Launch Services, Human Space Systems, Robotic Systems, Infrastructure, High-Tech Facilities and Aerospace Consulting.
Team Indus is a for-profit organisation headquartered in Bangalore, India. The team is led by Rahul Narayan, a Delhi-based IT professional. The team of professionals from various backgrounds science, technology, finance and media is the only Indian team leading the charge of India to win the Google Lunar X Prize mission announced in year 2007. The mission often referred to as “Moon 2.0” is a challenge that calls for participating teams to design and land a robot on the Moon. The Robot is required to travel more than 500 meters on the lunar surface and send feedback to earth.
The deadline of the competition is December 31, 2017. The Indian entrant – TeamIndus will be competing against 29 teams from 17 countries to win the US$20 million grand prize and additional prize worth US$5 million.
Xovian is an Aerospace Company based in New Delhi with a vision to provide low cost sustainable solutions in satellite fabrication. Founded in 2011 and incorporated in 2014, the company is backed up with the team of decades of experience in satellite technology.
The Company also conducts Educational and Research based activities to bridge the innovation gap between industries and educational institutions. Xovian has escalated into the following domains.
- Sounding Rockets
- High Altitude Balloons
- Satellite components manufacturing.