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Chennai Metro Water to ISRO: “If you Find Water on Moon, You Know Whom to Call First”

Currently, Chennai Metro Water supplies about 525 million litres per day (MLD) in the state capital

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The Indian space agency plans to land its lander Vikram on the moon and also remotely ply its rover Pragyan on the lunar surface. Pixabay

Even as the city’s thirst is being quenched by transporting potable water by train from Jolarpettai, the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro Water) is seeking water from the moon.

Congratulating the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for successfully putting into orbit the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, Chennai Metro Water tweeted: “Congrats @isro for #Chandrayaan2theMoon. We are in the process of augmenting new water resources for our city. If you find any water on the Moon, you know whom to call first. May the Science be with you!”

On Monday, ISRO’s rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) put into orbit the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. The Indian space agency plans to land its lander Vikram on the moon and also remotely ply its rover Pragyan on the lunar surface.

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On Monday, ISRO’s rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) put into orbit the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. Wikimedia Commons

One of the purposes of this mission is to find the presence of water on the moon. Currently, Chennai Metro Water supplies about 525 million litres per day (MLD) in the state capital. The water from Jolarpettai will augment the existing supply.

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While the Cholavaram reservoir with a capacity 1,081 million cubic feet (mcft), the Redhills reservoir (3,300 mcft) and the Chembarambakkam lake (3,645 mcft) that supply water to Chennai have run dry, 16 mcft water is remaining in the Poondi reservoir (against a full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metro Water. (IANS)

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ISRO Issues Expression of Interest (EoI) for Manufacturing Five PSLV Rockets

A pre-EoI conference is scheduled at the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) headquarters in Bengaluru on August 26

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According to NewSpace India, the Indian industry consortium will be responsible for end-to-end realisation of the solid and liquid fuel powered stages/engines of the PSLV rockets, used by the ISRO to launch satellites. Pixabay

Targeting to realise 12 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) per year from the domestic private sector, Indian space agency ISRO’s commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) for first manufacturing five of these rockets.

According to NewSpace India, the Indian industry consortium will be responsible for end-to-end realisation of the solid and liquid fuel powered stages/engines of the PSLV rockets, used by the ISRO to launch satellites into Low Earth Orbit and having the capability to carry multiple satellites and put them into different orbits.

A pre-EoI conference is scheduled at the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) headquarters in Bengaluru on August 26 while the interested parties have to submit their EoI queries on or before August 21.

As on date, PSLVs, in addition to launching several national satellites, have launched 297 international customer satellites from 33 countries.

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Targeting to realise 12 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) per year from the domestic private sector, Indian space agency ISRO’s commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd. Pixabay

The officials of ISRO had earlier told IANS that a PSLV costs about Rs 200 crore and hence the five PSLVs are expected to involve a business of about Rs 1,000 crore.

The Indian industry partners will be permitted to utilize the capital-intensive facilities already realized within ISRO centres under Government Owned Company Operated (GOCO) model for this purpose wherever appropriate/feasible.

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

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The private industry will use the existing approved supply chain of ISRO for the purpose. (IANS)