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Tamil Nadu identifies 961 hectares for country's second rocket launch port

At present, rockets are launched from Isro's spaceport at Sriharikotta. The Centre is setting up a second facility due to increase in the number of launches by Isro for domestic and global customers

ISRO | Tamil Nadu government | Tamil Nadu

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

Isro officials said that a rocket launch pad at Kulasekarapattinam will be near to the equator

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that the government has identified over 961 hectares in district for the country's proposed second port.

At present, rockets are launched from the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro's) spaceport at Sriharikotta, near Chennai. The government has decided to set up a second facility in the backdrop of an increase in the number of launches by for domestic and international customers.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today, Union Minister of State in the Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh gave out details about the status of setting up of country’s second space rocket launching port by in Tamil Nadu's Kulasekarapattinam.

As per a request made by the Department of Space, the government has identified over 961 hectares in district. Land survey is completed for about 431 hectares and preliminary notification has been issued.

Survey work for the balance area is in advance stage. At present, one launch pad is being proposed at the second launch port at Kulasekarapattinam in

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officials said that a pad at Kulasekarapattinam will be near to the equator. Hence, a spaceport in Tuticorin district will be ideal for putting satellites in polar orbit.

They added, the space agency's Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) is at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu where it assembles the second and fourth stage/engines for the PSLV. Instead of transporting the second and fourth stages to Sriharikota from Mahendragiri it will be easier to shift them to the launch pad if it is built in Kulasekarapattinam which is around 100 km away.

Meanwhile the Minister said, the Center’s policy decision of opening up the space sector for private players enables them to develop various space qualified subsystems and systems along with building of satellites and launch vehicles. They are also permitted to establish facilities and provide launch services and other space based services. Many of these services and products will definitely find global customers, which will increase India’s share in the global space sector market, he said.

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First Published: Mon, September 21 2020. 19:23 IST