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Isro aims to make India a global hub for satellite building

Space agency lines up 60 satellite launches over next five years

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
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. Photo: Reuters

To make India a global hub for satellite manufacturing, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has floated a tender inviting private firms to bid and build 30 satellites, nearly half of its requirement over the next five years.  The space agency has lined up 60 satellite launches over the next five years, including a repeat mission to the moon with a rover. “What we are trying to do in general is enabling capacity building in the country,” Isro Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told Business Standard. “We are enabling industries working for Isro and new ...