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The surprising striver in the world's space business

By Alex Travelli

04 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. India has become a hub for space-tech startups, with at least 140 registered companies in the sector - up from just five at the start of the pandemic.

HYDERABAD, India — When it launched its first rocket in 1963, India was a poor country pursuing the world’s most cutting-edge technology. That projectile, its nose cone wheeled to the launchpad by a bicycle, put a small payload 124 miles above the Earth. India was barely pretending to keep up with the United States and the Soviet Union.

In today’s space race, India has found much surer footing.

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