Saturday, April 28, 2007

ISRO....coming of Age

The next satellite to be launched by ISRO would be an Israeli satellite in the month of August. This is the same satellite which Israelis had contracted with ISRO around two years back. It is an spy satellite.

The reliance of highly efficient Israeli forces in Indian launch Vehicle vindicates the technological superiority of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). This commercial launch will increase the credibility of Indian Launch Vehicles in the international satellite launch market. This will lead to more demand for launch facilities from India.
India is also on the verge of completion of erection of second launch pad at Sriharikota. This will increase the availability of launch facilities in India.
India also needs to involve Private sector in the manufacture of launch vehicles and satellites. Some days back, ISRO Chairman, Mr. Madhavan Nair had said that though the Indian satellite and launch industry has grown three fold, ISRO has not increased the workforce substantially, this proves that the private sector participation has increased and still more is envisaged and expected.
This could come as a boon to the India as the spillover effect of the new technologies by private sector in the commercial arena could spur local industry as a whole.
We now need wait & watch, what kind of & to what extent Private Public partnership will Isro involve.

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