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ISRO Looks at JV for PSLV Manufacture; Launch to Be Privatised by 2020

30 Oct 2017, 03:45 UTC
ISRO Looks at JV for PSLV Manufacture; Launch to Be Privatised by 2020
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Recently, the space agency set up an outreach centre in Hyderabad for entrepreneurs, which has access to all the raw data from ISRO and computational facilities.
Launch of the IRNSS-1E satellite on January 20, on board a PSLV-XL rocket. Credit: ISRO
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to privatise the operations of its popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) by 2020. ISRO chief Kiran Kumar confirmed that discussions are being held with private players towards formulating a strategy to enhance the capacity and capability of managing the PSLV program on an end-to-end basis. Interestingly, ISRO is looking to set up a joint venture to manufacture the launch vehicle itself.
“We have done one round of discussion with various entities; now we have to establish a procedure and go through government processes. By 2020, we wish to launch PSLV through a joint venture where ISRO and private industries would be working together,” Kumar told Geospatial Media in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the Asian Conference of Remote Sensing (ACRS) 2017 in New Delhi.
The integration and launch of the rocket will be managed by an industrial consortium through ISRO’s commercial arm, Antrix Corporation. Till date PSLV has had ...

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