ISRO keen to outsource PSLV, small satellite launch vehicle

BENGALURU: ISRO and its commercial wing Antrix today said they are willing to outsource manufacturing of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) so that the space agency could focus on the proposed human space programme.

The Indian Space Research Organisation held discussions a week ago with a consortium of industries regarding PSLV industrialisation with the objective of easing ISRO to focus on human space programme and researchand development activities.

“Definitely, in my opinion, in the ISRO activity, industry is going to play a major role. If only the industry is taking the load, ISRO can work out on human space programme and research and development activities,” ISRO chairman K Sivan said.

He said the industry should help in manufacturing PSLV as well as SSLV, adding ISRO had already worked out a model.

With this model in a year, the PSLV was supposed to be produced by the industry. “That is our ambition and target,” Sivan said. (AGENCIES)