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May 20-26, 2019 / Vol 38, No 20 / Hawai’i Island, USA

17 May 2019, 20:42 UTC
May 20-26, 2019 / Vol 38, No 20 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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India Government Aims to Encourage Domestic Space Commerce Ahead of Launches

A second commercial entity is being established under the Indian Department of Space, intended to facilitate the transfer of technologies under license from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to the private sector. Newspace India Limited (NSIL) is to accelerate development of burgeoning India space industry, generating increased demand for existing launch services provided by ISRO. How the NSIL mandate will differ from that of the existing state-owned private arm of ISRO, Antrix Corporation Limited, is at this time unclear. Meanwhile, Radar Imaging Satellite-2B (RISAT-2B) is set to be launched into orbit by the stalwart Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on April 22. RISAT-2B is anticipated to be the 2nd weather observation satellite to utilize radar deployed by ISRO and the 48th launch of PSLV. Launch viewing will be accessible to the general public at Satish Dhawan Space Centre located in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. A 5,000-capacity stadium style launch viewing gallery was inaugurated by ISRO Chairman Sivan in March. The 2nd India lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to depart for the Moon in July by way of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark 3. In addition to an orbiter, Chandrayaan-2 contains ...

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