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India to fly first small 500 kg capacity rocket next year: Isro Chairman

He said the small rocket will be launched from the existing rocketport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh

IANS  |  Chennai 

PSLV C38 carrying Cartosat-2 and 30 other satellites, lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota,  on  June 23, 2016. The 104 small satellite launched by PSLV last year had caught the interest of global satellite makers

The Indian space agency expects to fly its first small rocket with a carrying capacity of about 500-700 kg sometime next year, according to a top

"The developmental work for our small rocket that can carry satellites weighing around 500 kg is on. The first flight of the small rocket is expected to happen sometime next year," Chairman, told IANS.

He said the small rocket will be launched from the existing rocketport at in

In a recent interaction with IANS in Bengaluru, S.Rakesh, Chairman-cum- Managing Director, said the low-cost small rocket requires a dedicated launch pad with a simple vertical launch mechanism.

"Though SSLV will be initially launched from our rocketport at in Andhra Pradesh, we want to have a separate spaceport for it later," Rakesh had said.

Queried about Rakesh's views on the separate spaceport Sivan said initially the small rocket will be flown from Antrix may have its own plans for the future.

Incidentally, Antrix is calling Indian nationals to apply for the post of 'Head, Manufacturing & Marketing of Space Systems'. The job description being: "Preplanning activities of new which Antrix is envisaging to put into production. Establishment of production facilities in co-ordination with and Industries for Technology Transfer and production of the System."

Sivan also said the (ISRO) is evaluating the various proposals it has received for its and is expected to complete the process in a month's time.

"In a month or so the first level of screen of the proposals will be over," Sivan said.

Over 130 companies had shown interest in the Indian space agency's

In June this year, had announced its decision to transfer this technology to the Indian industry on a non-exclusive basis for usage in automobiles for Rs 1 crore.

The located in Kerala, will transfer the technology to the successful Indian industries or start-ups on a non-exclusive basis to establish production facilities in the country that can produce cells of varying sizes, capacities, and power densities catering to the entire spectrum of power storage requirements, ISRO had said.

At present, the lithium ion battery is the most dominant for a variety of societal needs including mobile phones, laptops, cameras and many other portable consumer gadgets apart from and

Recent advances in the have made it the preferred power source for electric and hybrid electric vehicles also.

First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 13:20 IST