Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to transfer its Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) to the private sector. The decision comes in response to the increasing demand for small satellites.
ISRO will opt for the bidding route to transfer the SSLV to the industry. The transfer will involve the complete handover of SSLV to the private sector, including manufacturing and operational aspects.
SSLV is designed to launch small satellites, weighing less than 10 kg (nanosatellites) and less than 100 kg (micro-satellites). SSLV offers on-demand launch services, eliminating the need for clients to wait for larger rockets.
In the past, ISRO awarded a contract to a consortium of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen and Toubro for the construction of five polar satellite launch vehicles. A recent report by the Indian Space Association and EY India suggests that commercial satellite launch services could contribute around 13 billion US dollars to India’s economy by 2025.
Q.: What is ISRO’s plan for the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)?
A) Collaborate with international space agencies
B) Decommission the SSLV due to low demand
C) Transfer SSLV to the private sector
D) Develop a larger version of SSLV for heavy satellite launches
Answer: C) Transfer SSLV to the private sector