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ISRO To Commercialise Launch Vehicle Technology

File photo of Cartosat 1's launch on a PSLV rocket.

Mumbai, India (SPX) Jan 16, 2006
Betting on its cost effective and proven launch vehicle technology, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to enter the launch vehicle business, aiming for a 10 per cent market share over the next five years, reports PTI.

"We are going to carry a European satellite on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) this year. That will give a turnover of USD 10 million," ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair told PTI here.

ISRO recently announced that India's first fully commercial satellite launch in April or May will be carrying Agile, an Italian satellite, on top of a PSLV C-3.

According to industry estimates, the launch vehicle technology market is valued at about USD two billion globally.

"We hope to get one or two launches per year", Nair added.

ISRO plans to become self-sufficient in this sector after the scheduled launch of its GSLV Mk III in 2008, which is capable of carrying heavier satellites of up to four tonnes.

"It will be a great opportunity for us if we can capture at least 10 per cent of the launch market in the next five years," Nair said.

ISRO signed an agreement with the Russian space agency in December 2005 to launch two of its satellites for the global navigation system, Glonas. The space agency will also be launching an Indonesian micro-satellite this year.

"We are in the process of holding discussions with some people. We decided to go ahead with this business," he said.

ISRO has successfully launched eight PSLVs and three GSLV in the last ten years.

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Rundown Of This Year's Launch Activities At Esrange

Esrange, Sweden (SPX) Jan 16, 2006
2006 will be jam packed with interesting rocket and balloon launches from Esrange - the Aerospace Operation Facility of the Swedish Space Corporation. Here is a rundown of the years's launch activities:

  • NASA Restructures Aeronautics Research
  • Manned Spaceflight Plans For India To The ISS And Beyond
  • NASA Refines Design For Crew Exploration Vehicle
  • Microbes Survive Firey Plunge By Columbia

  • Festoons And Ferric Sulfate Salts Keep Rovers Occupied
  • Opportunity Snaps A Fine Example Of A 'Festoon' Pattern In Meridiani Outcrop
  • Opportunity Puts The Arm On Ted
  • Spirit Heading To 'Home Plate'

  • Rundown Of This Year's Launch Activities At Esrange
  • ISRO To Commercialise Launch Vehicle Technology
  • Soyuz To Launch Radarsat-2
  • CAGW Criticizes Subsidies For ULA Satellite Launches

  • New Legislation Initiated To Support Commercial Remote Sensing Industry
  • Indian Small EO Satellites To Study Atmosphere
  • Space Imaging Awarded Additional $24 Mln From Pentagon's NGA
  • NG Ships First Advanced Tech Microwave Sounder Flight Instrument To NASA

  • Kuiper Belt Moons Are Starting to Seem Typical
  • New Horizons Remains On Course For January 17 Launch To Pluto
  • Scientists Show Pluto To Be Colder Than It Should Be
  • Astronomers Measure The Most Distant Moon

  • Cartwheel Galaxy Makes Waves In New NASA Image
  • Astronomers Detect Largest Cluster Of Red Supergiants
  • Integral Identifies Supernova Rate For Milky Way
  • Large Survey Of Galaxies Yields New Findings On Star Formation

  • Apollo Chronicles
  • An Explosion On The Moon
  • SMART 1 Uses New Imaging Technique In Lunar Orbit
  • Moon Storms

  • Contract For In-Orbit Validation Of Galileo System To Be Signed Thursday
  • Galileo GIOVEA Using Marotta Equipment For Its Propulsion Systems
  • SiRFstarIII Featured in TomToms Innovative Portable Navigation Product
  • EGNOS Demonstration In South Africa

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