Space newbies on LinkedIn – Do this, not that

Anybody trying to build a career in the space industry must have sent a LinkedIn connect to strangers with interesting profiles and asked for their advice or sometimes even help. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this on LinkedIn, after all, that’s exactly what makes LinkedIn so awesome. I myself get a dozen messages … [Read more…]

Brutally honest answers to Space FAQs

Introduction Every week I answer diverse questions around space from how to become an astronaut to making a career in the space industry, and so on. So here is a much-needed FAQ section. The answers are based on my personal experiences and from observing the career trajectories of my fellow space enthusiasts along my journey. … [Read more…]

ISRO and UN SDGs – A Short Critique

Let’s look at some numbers around ISRO’s popular Tele‐education, Tele‐medicine, Village Resource Centre and Disaster Management System Programmes. Do go through this post for a table that maps the major national projects/initiatives of ISRO to UN Sustainable Development Goals. The multitude of initiatives and programmes that ISRO has undertaken towards social development are commendable given … [Read more…]

Garbage in Human Spaceflight Missions

The last few months have been busy with the big move to Germany. Having almost grasped the garbage sorting algorithms of Deutschland (Umweltbundesamt – Federal Environment Agency), I got curious about the garbage scene in space. Since I couldn’t find a one-stop-online info website for space garbage, this article gives a short summary of historical … [Read more…]

Mapping ISRO’s Projects to UN Sustainable Development Goals

For a background on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of space technology in their achievement, refer this article. The Indian Space Program had always focused on missions that would directly impact the common man. Currently, ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) Satellite Communication supports initiatives such as Tele‐education, Tele‐medicine, Village Resource Centre … [Read more…]

Rutherford, Electron and RocketLab –  A Brief

Introduction Electron, the small satellite launch vehicle, might most probably have made history this May with its first successful launch with a mostly 3D printed rocket engine. However, the maiden launch simply named “It’s a test” – they impressively named their electric turbo-pumped liquid engine Rutherford – had to be aborted after four minutes into … [Read more…]

UN Sustainable Development Goals – Role of Space Technology

Introduction – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals In September 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations have adopted a set of 17 goals each comprising specific targets to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. They are referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the member states … [Read more…]

NewSpace Ventures – On Trends, Legalities, Ecosystem

I’ve recently stumbled upon a nook of cyberspace aptly named NewSpace Ventures, where space geeks can share and discuss all things NewSpace. Access to its archive of NewSpace companies is provided upon subscription while entry into its private slack channel is invite-only. On a personal note, the first email from NSV after signup was quite … [Read more…]