Union Minister Jitendra Singh-India News, Firstpost
The world today is in love with Chandrayaan, the mission to Mars and the Gagyanian to come, âadded the Minister.
ISRO President Dr K Sivan (left) and Minister of State at the Department of Atomic Energy and Minister of State at the Department for Space Dr Jitendra Singh brief the media on Chandrayaan 2 on June 13, 2019 in New Delhi. Image: Getty
India is emerging as a hub for profitable satellite launches, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said in a webinar.
He said India is known for its lunar probe launches as well as the construction and transport of satellites. We are present on Mars after the launch of the Mangalyaan mission on November 5, 2013. The space probe has been in orbit around the red planet since September 24, 2014.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has already announced plans for a second mission to Mars in 2023-2024.
The space industry is very lucrative and there is a growing demand for nano, micro and mini-satellites. The Indian space agency ISRO has already started working to meet this need. As they launch their own satellite and other in-house manufactured payloads, along with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the Indian government and ISRO have also started to venture into the private sector. They will provide launch services to other private aerospace companies.
âISRO has forged a solid relationship with many industrial companies, both in the public and private sectors, to implement its space projects. With ISRO undertaking the development of advanced technologies and interplanetary exploration missions, there is a huge scope of contributions to the achievement of operational missions and new areas such as satellite navigation, âSingh said,
He also said that there is a need for reusable and small satellite launcher systems and it is expected that this demand will drive the market.
Speaking at the India Leads-2021 summit hosted by FICCI, Singh said, âIndia is poised to become the hub of the small satellite launch market, which is estimated to be worth around $ 38 billion. ‘by 2027.’
The theme of the Summit was âThe Future of Space Technology Partnerships between India and Oceaniaâ.
Dr Sangita Reddy, outgoing president of the FICCI and co-director general of the Apollo hospitals took part; Anthony Murfett, Deputy Director, Australian Space Agency, Australia; Jason Held, CEO, Saber Astronautics, Australia; Dr D Radhakrishnan, CMD, NSIL; Professor Andy Koronios, CEO and Managing Director, SmartSat CRC, Australia and Vikram Chandra, Founder Editorji Technologies.
“It is a matter of pride that India’s rise to the top is in large measure due to its superiority in space capabilities. The world today is in love with Chandrayaan, the mission to Mars and of Gagyanian to come, âthe minister added.
He further highlighted some of India’s other contributions and achievements to the industry, including ASTROSAT – India’s first space observatory; putting 104 satellites into orbit during a record launch in 2017; the GSLV-MK III launched in 2019 which can launch 4 tonnes of satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).
“The country has to its credit – 109 space missions, 77 launch missions, 10 student satellites, 2 re-entry missions and 319 foreign satellites,” he added.
âSpace and satellite technology are widely used today in railways, road and bridge construction, agriculture, soil, water resources, forestry and ecology, housing, telemedicine , disaster management and accurate weather forecasting, to name a few. “
During the webinar, Singh also spoke about two of Oceania’s largest countries – Australia and New Zealand.
“Australia and New Zealand (…) have emerging capabilities in the design and manufacture of nano- and micro-satellites, including high performance optics, radio communication systems, optical communication systems and on-board data processing maneuvers, âhe said.
He also noted that as Australia is a world leader in remote sensing technologies, there may be collaborative initiatives “by organizing regular training courses” by institutions and sharing “best practices among themselves in this technology” .
The Australian Space Agency is helping ISRO with Gaganyaanm its first manned space mission, upgrading its temporary ground station tracking facilities in Australia.
Other countries in Oceania can also collaborate with India to develop and “identify space technology solutions and innovative products”.