The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is hoping to capture a
10 per cent share in the global market for launch vehicles and related services,
says its chairman, G Madhavan Nair.
a press conference in Kochi, Nair disclosed that ISRO had earned Rs300 crore
last year from launch services and sale of satellite data and rocket sub-systems
and its revenue from the market was growing at 25 per cent per annum. He
said it was tough to establish a presence in a market flooded with low-price
mentioning the financial arrangement, he said ISRO's polar satellite launch
vehicle (PSLV) would launch a 350kg Italian satellite, Agile, in to space
next year. three or four other countries had also evinced interest in using
the services of CARTOSAT-1, he added.
which would be launched in six months, would be capable of taking three-dimensional
images of one-metre resolution from a 600-km high orbit. The maps produced
from it would be used for town planning.
stereoscopic images produced by CARTOSAT-1 were the first of its kind in
the world and ISRO had successfully superimposed the images from RESOURCESAT-1
on images from CARTOSAT to produce composite three-dimensional moving images
that looked as if these were photographed from an over-flying aircraft.
said that there were no immediate plans to use CARTOSAT-1 for defence applications.
The first year of its operation had already been reserved for civilian applications.
ISRO was collaborating with the Electronics Corporation of India for the
development of antenna systems for deep space communication. "We believe
in building our own antenna. The system would have to be purchased from
abroad only if the mission is advanced to next year. The Vikram Sarabhai
Centre here is developing an impactor for the moon mission. It will analyse
the moon's atmosphere as it descends to the ground and then analyse the
soil for minerals."
He added there was no roadblock before the proposed Chandrayan mission.