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Isro's new commercial arm invites private sector to make PSLV rockets

Space agency plans to stop procuring parts to assemble rockets, will leave the job entirely to private industry; first launch of PSLV completely built by industries planned for 2021

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh | Photo: ISRO
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The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro)'s commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd has called for Expressions of Interest (EoI) from domestic private sector to make five Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) rockets.

NewSpace India said that an Indian industry consortium will be responsible for end-to-end realisation of the solid and liquid fuel powered stages/engines of the rocket/PSLV.

A pre-EoI conference is scheduled at the headquarters in Bengaluru on August 26, while interested parties have to submit their EoI queries on or before August 21.

PSLV is Isro's workhorse. It places satellites into Low Earth Orbit and has is capable of carrying multiple satellites and putting them into different orbits.

As on date, PSLV has, in addition to launching several national satellites, launched 297 international customer satellites belonging to 33 countries.

Upon successful and satisfactory completion of realisation of first lot of five PSLVs, NewSpace India/will enhance the scope for realisation of PSLV’s to 12 numbers per annum, under a separate contract.

The private industry will use Isro's existing supply chain.

After 2021, PSLV will be manufactured only by companies. A consortium of L&T and HAL will be the prime contractors. The rest of the ecosystem plays under them.

will no longer procure various parts from 200-plus suppliers and assemble the vehicle. That job will now be entrusted to these two of these companies with help from other current eco partners.

All solids and interstages in future would stay with L&T. The liquid along with tankages would be with HAL. Godrej will become a tier-I supplier to HAL, while Walchand will become tier-I supplier to L&T.

The first launch of PSLV completely built by industries is planned in 2021.

First Published: Sat, August 17 2019. 21:38 IST