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Space Security
Need for a Proactive Approach
Report of the IDSA-Indian Pugwash Society Working Group on Space Security
Hard-bound Book (6¼" x 9¼") :   Pages : 112
2009  Edition   :  ISBN - 978-81-7188-762-0
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The existing space regime is facing new challenges as a result of the recent advances in space techno-logy and the emergence of space security is a critical dimension in national security calculus. This necessitates a proactive approach and a comprehensive space policy.

This volume is an attempt in this direction to sensitise experts, policy makers and interested general audiences about the developments and debates in this area and their implications for India. The objective of this report, prepared by a Working Group comprising leading experts in the field is to provide a multi-disciplinary analysis including the technological, legal, political, diplomatic, and security dimensions.





1. Space Security: Need for a Proactive Approach

2. Space Policies

3. Space Capabilities

4. Developments in Space Technologies of Security Impact

5. International Space Law Regime: India’s Approach

6. The Emerging Global Space Order: Implications for India

7. Recommendations


  • Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (1967)

  • Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (1979)

  • Model Code of Conduct for the Prevention of Incidents and Dangerous Military Practices in Outer Space, May 19, 2004

  • The 2006 US National Space Policy: www.ostp/gov

  • The Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects



Arvind Gupta is a senior diplomat with expertise on security issues and is Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair, IDSA, New Delhi.

Amitav Malik is a former member of National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and Director Defence Science Centre, New Delhi.

Ranjana Kaul is a partner, Dua Associates, New Delhi.

Rajaram Nagappa is a former associate director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and currently Visiting Professor, NIAS, Bangalore.

Manpreet Sethi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi.

P.K. Sundaram is a Senior Research Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society, New Delhi.

Ajey Lele is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi.


V. Gopalakrishnan is a Scientist (Office of the Scientific Secretary), Inidan Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Banglore.

Navjot Singh, Dir., IW&IT, Integrated Defence Services (IDS).

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