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GSLV rocket launch to change ISRO's fortunes

Written by Aravind   |   Posted: 09/08/2016 05:38 PM IST

India's geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-MkII) launched an advanced weather satellite 'INSAT-3DR' through rocket GSLV-F05 from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 4.50 p.m. on Thursday, taking a two tonne weather communication satellite into space. The development is being keenly watched by the global communication satellite makers as there is a shortage of reliable launchers globally.

Global analysts observe that a successful launch of the operational GSLV Mk-II rocket will reduce the dependency of ISRO on foreign launchers and could be a potential disruptor in pricing for launching the foreign satellites from Indian soil.

"Both (GSLV) Mk-II and III launches, if successful could partially reduce ISRO's dependency on foreign launchers," Maxime Puteaux, a Space industry policy consultant at Euroconsult, the Paris-based space research agency said. "Although for commercial launches to GEO, GSLV Mark III is too small for most of the satellites that are more than 4 tons. For satellites less than 4 tons, it could be competitive on price, provided it is available (i.e. not booked by the satellites of the Indian government)."

"We have limited capability for GSLV. But we have begun exploring opportunities to launch communication satellites in the international market," said Rakesh Sasibhushan, chairman and managing director of Antrix Corp.

"If you are able to build on top of what we've built PSLV commercialisation and make it more attractive, there is a possibility that the Indian industry can also gain in this global opportunity," said ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar in a recent interview. " We are looking at the possibility of whether that Indian industry plus ISRO, whether they can launch the first vehicle in 2020. Beyond that, they cannot only provide satellite launches for us, they can also market outside."

"Pricing and export control are another condition of GSLV's commercial success abroad. Indeed, by embedding sensitive technologies, the launch of satellites abroad requires the authorization of the government where it was manufactured. Currently these regulations can create barrier to new entrants," says Puteaux of Euroconsult.

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Tags : Indian Space Research Organissation  ISRO  GSLV-MkII  Maxime Puteaux  

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