Isro pledges to launch satellites for four countries, bringing in 132 million euros – Industrial IT
Isro (Indian Space Research Organization) has signed agreements with four countries to deploy foreign satellites between 2022 and 2023. The agreements were signed by the commercial arm of the company under the name New Space India Ltd, for the satellites to be launched by the flagship rocket of India, PSLV, according to Jitendra Singh, the Union’s space minister. Responding to a question in a written response from Rajya Sabha, Singh also said that the commercial launch of these foreign satellites would bring in around 132 million euros.
In a separate written response, the Minister said that 342 foreign satellites from 34 countries have been successfully deployed aboard the PSLV on a commercial basis since 1999. According to him, India has earned around $ 35 million in foreign exchange earnings. as well as 10 million euros in the last three years due to the deployments of these foreign spacecraft (2019 to 2021). Satellites primarily intended for Earth observation, scientific research and technological demonstration were among the foreign satellites launched.
A total of 124 indigenous spacecraft, including 12 student satellites, have been launched into orbit around Earth. Singh added in another written response to the Upper House that the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is nearing completion and the first development flight of the SSLV is scheduled for the very first quarter of 2022. The SSLV will have load capacity useful weight of 500 kg. and will be able to launch satellites up to 500 kilometers in height. According to him, the government has approved a total budget of Rs 169 crore for this project, which includes the production and qualification of vehicle systems as well as 3 development flights (SSLV-D2, SSLV-D1 and SSLV-D3).
The day before, he told Lok Sabha that 27 satellite flights and 25 launcher flights had been carried out successfully in the previous five years.
Some of the main missions, according to Singh, include the very first operational flight of the Indian heavy launcher GSLV Mk-III, which put India’s second lunar flight Chandrayaan-2 into orbit; a sophisticated mapping satellite, Cartosat-3; the completion of the NavIC constellation (with the release of a navigation satellite); and the deployment of the South Asia satellite (which, among other things, provides weather forecasting and broadcasting solutions to Saarc).
In addition to these launches, the minister said that three technology demonstrators, including the Scramjet engine, a reusable launcher, as well as an evaluation of the crew evacuation mechanism, were successfully demonstrated during this period.