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ISRO to Speed up its Rocket Production with New Arm

It will also be involved in marketing spin-off technologies and products/services, both in India and abroad, and in any other subject which the government deems fit

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With the setting up of a new commercial arm-New Space India Limited (NSIL)- the Indian space agency will now be able to produce fast its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) and commercialise its other technologies.

Delivering her maiden budget speech on Friday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “India is now a major space power with the technology and ability to launch satellites and other space products at globally low cost”.

“Time has come to harness this ability commercially,” Sitharaman said.

She said the new company NSIL will tap the benefits of the research and development (R&D) carried out by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

“The Company will spearhead commercialisation of various space products including production of launch vehicles, transfer to technologies and marketing of space products,” she said.

The ISRO Chairman K.Sivan had told IANS that the space agency wants to give a big push for production of the SSLV.

“We expect the demand for SSLV to be about two/three rockets per month. We also want to increase the production of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV),” Sivan said.

Sivan said the increase in production is sought to be achieved partnering with the private sector.

He said ISRO has developed technologies, materials, chemicals and others which can be transferred.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan, left, and Junior Indian Minister for Department of Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh address a news conference in New Delhi. VOA

The Indian space agency can also manufacture satellites for interested parties.

On transfer of technologies, ISRO has decided to transfer its lithium-ion cell technology to Indian private companies.

Presently, the lithium ion battery is the most dominant battery system finding applications for a variety of societal needs, including mobile phones, laptops, cameras and many other portable consumer gadgets apart from industrial applications and aerospace.

Recent advances in the battery technology have made it the preferred power source for electric and hybrid electric vehicles also.

India also sells to foreign parties the data generated by its remote sensing satellites.

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As per the scheme of things, NSIL will obtain the licence from Department of Space/ISRO and sub-licence to industries for manufacturing of small rockets.

It will also be involved in marketing spin-off technologies and products/services, both in India and abroad, and in any other subject which the government deems fit.

Meanwhile the budget allocation for the Department of Space for the year 2019-20 has gone up to Rs 12,473.26 crore up from the revised estimates of Rs 11,200 crore for the fiscal 2018-19. (IANS)

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Twitter Trolls Chetan Bhagat for Being ISRO’s Chief Guest: Report

Earlier, Bhagat faced strong criticism from the audience when he was invited as a judge on a dance reality show

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Netizens took no time to troll Indian author Chetan Bhagat for being honoured at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as the chief guest at an event and couldn’t believe that he had been chosen to address them.

“Really honoured to be the Chief Guest at ISRO for the recent celebrations of the World Space Week. I can’t believe one of India’s finest organisations chose me to address them. Truly a big moment of my life – my own moon landing! #isro #chetanbhagat #worldspaceweek,” Chetan Bhagat wrote in a post on Monday.

“With losing all communication with Chandrayan-2 Lander Vikram, looks like ISRO has also lost its sense inviting this joker as a Chief Guest. Even he can’t believe it,” wrote another user.

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Netizens took no time to troll Indian author Chetan Bhagat for being honoured at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Twitteratis wondered why he did not get such honour to be at the prestigious ISRO.

“Chandrayan failure was just a small setback for ISRO. But inviting you as cheif guest has me worried a lot more about the future direction of the organisation,” mentioned another.

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“Chetu Bhai, why don’t you go to Moon or Mars? ISRO should run a pilot program with you. There are lots of readers for your novels,” a user added.

Earlier, Bhagat faced strong criticism from the audience when he was invited as a judge on a dance reality show. (IANS)