The much-anticipated India Space Congress 2023 Day 2 commenced with great enthusiasm today at Hyatt Regency New Delhi. Esteemed industry leaders, dignitaries, and space sector experts gathered to participate in insightful discussions, shaping the future of space technology.
The event began with a compelling Welcome Address by Dr. Subba Rao Pavuluri, President SIA-India, and CMD Ananth Technologies, who highlighted the crucial role of satellite-based remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies in disaster management. These advancements, including advanced early warning systems, have been instrumental in saving lives and mitigating the impact of natural calamities in Uttarakhand.
His Excellency Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd.), Governor of Uttarakhand, delivered an inspiring Inaugural Address, emphasizing the profound impact of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and space technology in solving humanity’s challenges. He expressed his belief in the potential of space resources to address societal issues and highlighted India’s remarkable progress in space exploration and technology. Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh emphasized the paradigm shift and the modernization of technology that India is undergoing, showcasing the nation’s commitment to space activities as outlined in the India Space Policy.
ISC ‘2023 also witnessed an impactful Chairperson’s address delivered by Shri Prabhat Kumar, Special Secretary, Economic Relations and Development Partnership Administration, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India. Shri Prabhat Kumar highlighted the crucial role of international partnerships in driving the growth and development of the space industry. He emphasized the need for continued cooperation among nations to leverage the potential of space technology for addressing global challenges and fostering socio-economic progress.
The SIA-India Keynote Address focused on international efforts for debris mitigation and the importance of space sustainability. Mr. Thomas Bleeker, Head of International Relations, Netherlands Space Office, emphasized the need for a global “leave no debris” approach, highlighting the potential threats posed by space debris and the significance of a safe and sustainable outer space environment. He underscored that a sustainable space environment not only ensures the well-being of the space sector but also contributes to sustainable development on Earth by providing crucial information on climate change, disasters, and agriculture.
Shri Anil Prakash, Director General, SIA-India, extended his gratitude in the Vote of Thanks, acknowledging the presence of 170 speakers from across the world and participants from 13 countries. He expressed deep appreciation for the esteemed guests attending the event. India Space Congress 2023: A Stellar Lineup of 167 Unique Speakers across 212 Speaking Slots.