As Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has already engaged in launching more than 30 satellite this year, they have initiated an action plan to productionise the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) by tying up with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Larsen and Toubro (L and T).
ISRO sources here on Friday said that the country’s most trusted work horse PSLV, a versatile vehicle that was designed and developed by Indian space scientists, has been successfully deployed for remote sensing, navigation, communication and deep space missions.
The reliability of the vehicle is high and the vehicle is gaining importance in the international market as the demand for satellite launch is increasing continuously from the international customers in addition to the domestic users. The Union Government at the Centre has approved several advanced time bound projects like commercialisation of GSLV Mk III, design and development of semi-cryo stage, Gaganyaan human space mission and other advanced space exploration missions. It is evident that the limited resources of ISRO will be utilised for these projects for their timely completion where lot of research and development is involved.
ISRO officials said, “At the same time, the regular production of PSLV shall be realised by an industry consortium and ISRO will confine to do mission analysis and planning and configuration controls.”
Accordingly, ISRO has decided to productionise PSLV through Industry, and Government has approved the proposal. Anticipating such a proposal and earlier interactions, the current strategic partners of ISRO such HAL and L&T signed an MoU for realising the PSLV stages and supply to ISRO, making use of existing supply chain for materials & components and production & integration facilities of ISRO.