In June this year, the US announced its decision to explore working together with ISRO on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), the next generation US environmental system engaged in remote sensing from a polar orbit.
At a time when outsourcing from India is gaining popularity, the Indian space industry despite its credible achievements didn't get the necessary orders thanks mainly to global political play rather than on commercial and technological aspects.
Presently, ISRO through its commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited vends remote sensing images, leases out satellite transponders and exports some satellite components. ISRO has also started earning sizeable sum by launching satellite for others.
But it is set to change with the US government's announcement to extend cooperation with India in the field of civilian space sector. ISRO officials also expect the announcement to accelerate Boeing's decision to source 2 ton satellites / satellite components from India.
Says Dr P S Goel, member Space Commission and director, ISRO Satellite Centre, "Our talks are progressing well. Boeing is trying to get the necessary clearances from the US government departments. The recent declaration is expected to speed up the clearances."
ISRO has notched up a good turn around time in manufacturing satellites. According to an official, ISRO could deliver a satellite in two years time from the date of placing an order. The global average time schedule is around 30 months. Similarly the cost manufacturing is also lower here. India produces 2-ton satellites at a cost of Rs90 crore.
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