‘Space tech is an international game’

Pixxel co-founder and CEO Awais Ahmed on what it takes to build and run a space tech company in India.

It’s late one April evening in Bengaluru. In a small room that serves as the office of space technology startup Pixxel, a few employees, their friends and families, some engineers, investors and scientists have gathered, their eyes glued to a big screen that shows live footage from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. A rocket is going to launch any moment now. 

For everyone involved, it’s been a stressful day. Until an hour ago, they weren’t sure if the rocket would launch at all—given the thunderstorms, there was only a 25% chance, according to the US government. Soon, the weather …


Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

Editor, Internet