ISRO roped with three partners to assemble 27 satellites
ISRO roped with three partners
ISRO SIGNS CONTRACTS TO ASSEMBLE 27 SATELLITES
The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO roped with three partners to assemble 27 satellites at a quick pace over the next three years. However, nodal satellites division URSC signed separate three years contract with Alpha Design Technologies P Ltd and six consortium members; defence public enterprise Bharat electronics Ltd; Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, Hyderabad. Also, Each partner work in URSC to produce three small-medium satellites each year, a total of 27 spacecraft by July 2012. Moreover, About 50 members from each partner separately work with URSC engineers to complete the project.
The Alpha-plus consortium includes small and medium-sized companies. The last member already involved in building two 1,400-kg navigation satellites IRNSS-1H and 1l for ISRO last year. A URSC official signed the agreements with the three entities in the presence of URSC Director M. Annadurai.
URSC estimates a requirement of around 71 satellites till 2021. It means adding 12 satellites a year or one every month. In 2017, it made a record 12 spacecraft but is unable to cope with a growing demand from new applications. 35 Indian spacecraft active in space and need to be replaced. At the signing event, Dr Annadurai underlined need to involve industry in building future satellites- first at ISRO’s premises, and later on, its own.