L&T, Go­drej and HAL con­sor­tium on PSLVs

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & In India -

Larsen & Toubro, Go­drej and Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Ltd are to form a con­sor­tium, which is be­ing put to­gether by In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ISRO), to build Po­lar Satel­lite Launch Ve­hi­cles (PSLVs). The ve­hi­cles will launch small satel­lites and the first launch is be­ing planned by 2020. A pact is to be signed by Jan­uary 2018 for this ini­tia­tive. In­dia’s space agency, which has de­signed the rocket, has been build­ing and launch­ing satel­lites, in­clud­ing probes for the moon and Mars mis­sions in­dige­nously, but has con­sid­er­able work ahead to meet the coun­try’s re­quire­ment of build­ing heav­ier rock­ets and re­us­able space­craft that can carry big­ger satel­lites and a cap­sule that will even­tu­ally put a man in space. Then there is a huge re­quire­ment for launch of smaller satel­lites, some as light as 1 kg, with a life­span of two to three years. The PSLV, fol­low­ing its suc­cess­ful 104 satel­lite launch in Fe­bru­ary, has emerged as a pre­ferred ve­hi­cle for small satel­lite launches glob­ally.

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