India plans to double its satellite


Bangalore  (NM Bureau): The space agency of India ISRO is looking forward to launch more satellites in orbit fo catch up with the needs of the country. The chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said this addressing the media on Sunday in Bangalore, the ISRO headquarters.

“India currently has 45 satellites in space, but needs another 45  satellites,” said ISRO Chairman K Sivan.

We have satellites which are ready to be launched. But in the backdrop of the GSAT-6A failure, we don't want to take chances. We're checking and re-checking satellites ready to be launched, he added.  India called back another satellite GSAT-11 from Guyana, ready for launch, as they thought it's having problems similar to GSAT-6A.

Sivan told reporters that agreements have been  signed with three firms for manufacturing 20 satellites' but  dismissed allegations of attempting to "privatize" ISRO. 

“At ISRO, we seek cooperation from industry in manufacturing parts of satellites, and this isn't something new. In this sense of the term, we want privatization to happen," he added.

He said Chandrayaan-2, the second Indian mission to moon, will be launched by next year.

“We have faced some difficulties, because Chandrayaan-2 mission is the most complex mission attempted by ISRO so far. Of 47 lunar landings in history, 27 have failed, he said. So we set up a committee of eminent scientists which studied the project and suggested changes," Sivan added.


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