The US, which imposed sanctions on India, will take India’s help to launch its satellites soon. In what is being hailed as a crowning glory for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the scientists there however think it’s just an acknowledgement long over-due.
ISRO has a track record of launching satellites for 19 countries including nations with their own space program, but this is the first time the US would be using an Indian vehicle, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, to put one of its satellite in orbit.
ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar said,
“US will be the 20th country to sign up for a commercial launch by India.”
Sighting the reason behind various countries choosing India as a platform for space mission he said,
“It’s our unblemished record and the cost-effective nature of the technology we have.“
India has so far launched 45 satellites for 19 nations. Kiran Kumar said another 28 foreign satellites will be launched in the next two years.
“The need of the hour is to increase our capacity,” he said.
ISRO is making huge leaps in Rocket technology, at present; it is gearing up for the launch of GSLV-Mark-II later this month. Chairman Kiran Kumar said,
“The 2.1-tonne capacity GSLV-Mark-II will be carrying a communication satellite. By March 2016, we will launch seven satellites.“
While the launch of GSLV-Mark-II will be a significant milestone, ISRO is already developing GSLV-Mark-III which can carry satellites weighing up to four tonnes and is expected to be ready by December 2016.
India is also planning a mission to Venus after having successfully completing the Mars mission.
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