The DefSAT-2023 Conference held from 27-29 April at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, marked a significant milestone in recognizing the convergence of various domains. The event focused on the intersection of strategy and industrialization of the space sector for national security. With 50 distinguished speakers and engaging sessions, the conference featured keynote speeches from special guests, including Shri S. Somanath, Shri G Satheesh Reddy, AVM DV Khot, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Lt. Gen Tarun Kumar Aich, Lt. Gen PJS Pannu, Dr. Subba Rao Pavuluri, Lt Gen. Vinod G. Khandare, Air Marshal Surat Singh, Air Marshal Gurcharan Singh Bedi, and Shri Hari Babu Srivastava.
The conference brought together 300 diverse stakeholders, fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration. Notable participation included leading organizations like ISRO, INSPACe, NSCS,
IDS-DSA, DoT, DRDO, and MOD, along with industry speakers from Ananth Technologies Limited, L&T, Centum Electronics, Raytheon, HawkEye 360, ST iDirect, Gilat, LeoLabs, and more. Pioneering startups like Kaleideo, Pinaca Labs, QuNu Labs, and others also contributed to the event's success.
Highlighting international significance, diplomatic representatives from various countries attended. Esteemed organizations such as Niti Aayog, MoD, DRDO, ISRO, NSIL, NIAS, RIS, CENJOWS, CAPS, CLAWS, and NMF supported the conference as knowledge partners, providing valuable insights into the future of technology in defence and space. The collaboration aimed to advance the space sector, strengthen defence capabilities, and ensure the secure and sustainable use of space assets.
"Recognizing the full potential of space for strategic purposes was previously limited to public and civilian applications. However, we now see a clear need to enhance our capabilities for national security and collaborate to scale up. India has the capability to launch reasonably, but further scaling up and generating demand is capital-intensive. We must reduce the cost of space access and drive application development. Decision-makers need to support and accelerate industry growth." Shri S. Somanath, Secretary Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO at DEFSAT 2023