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ISRO gives nod to 27 satellites for future DTH, science demands

ISRO gives nod to 27 satellites for future DTH, science demands

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MUMBAI: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has allowed three industries (two private and one government-run firm) to build 27 satellites in the next three years. This is to protect future demands for satellite capacity for DTH broadcasting and scientific missions as well.

“The contract is for each of the three to make nine 1.6 tonne to 2-3 tonne satellites, which means they’ll make a total of nine every year and 27 by the end of three years,” according to a source from ISRO, as quoted by TOI.

Alpha Design consortium that includes six SMEs- Newtech, Aidin, Aniara, DCX, Vinyas and Exseed Space- defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Tata Advanced systems make three satellites each per annum for the next three years as per the ISRO contract for satellites.

The contract has the option of extending the same for another two years, which will add 18 more satellites to the count.

Alpha Design CMD HS Shankar was quoted stating, “We signed similar agreements as the Tatas and BEL and I hope that creates the ecosystem to allow more industries in the future.”

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