India's first satellite actively built by private firms to take off

Lloyd Doyle
August 31, 2017

"The private consortium will handle most of the work independently".

The over 1,400 kg spacecraft was built and tested by ISRO along with a consortium of six small and medium industries.

Isro hopes the two Navic satellites would be good experiment for the private teams to learn and start building satellites on their own for the space programme. "We had two engineers work with every one Isro engineer to absorb and learn how to make a satellite, nearly like Guru Shishyas", said Col Shankar.

Chennai: In a new beginning to the private sector in space enterprise, ISRO is set to launch the IRNSS-1H satellite, the first satellite jointly assembled by the space agency and a private consortium on Thursday.


Isro is looking at the consortium approach to not only involve the industry to build the PSLV rocket, the first of which is expected to be launched by 2020 but also enable private players to pitch themselves as integrated service providers: design, build and launch services of satellites for customers globally.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C39 is the 41st flight of ISRO'S workhorse PSLV. TOI had first reported about this park in 2016. Senior Isro scientists M Annadurai had said "The space park will see a lot of firms already working with Isro use our infrastructure and become partners".

This will be the eighth IRNSS satellite and will be a replacement for IRNSS-1A as its rubidium atomic clocks have failed. It is created to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area.

Besides IRNSS satellites, PSLV-XL has also launched many other spacecraft, including India's Mars Orbiter spacecraft, the multi-wavelength observatory ASTROSAT, Radar Imaging satellite RISAT-1 and communicate satellite GSAT-12. Once launched, the satellite will be placed in sub GTO with a 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,650 apogee (farthest point to Earth) with an inclination of 19.2 degree with respect to equatorial plane.

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