The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in December 2016 signed an agreement with a consortium of six companies to deliver India's first industry-built satellite by late 2017.
The agreement was signed between M Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) and the consortium lead Alpha Design Technologies P Ltd.
ISAC assembles India's satellites for communication, remote sensing and navigation. It is for the first time that ISRO outsourced the construction of entire satellite.
Highlights of the agreement
• It includes assembly, integration and testing (AIT) of two spare navigation satellites in a row in around 18 months.
• The consortium is led by Alpha Design Technologies P Ltd, a defence manufacturing contractor.
• The others in the consortium are Newtech Solutions, Aidin Technologies and DCX Cables of Bengaluru, Vinyas Technologies of Mysuru and Avantel Systems of Hyderabad.
• The development work will start around January 2017 and the first satellite will be out in around nine months.
This outsourcing of the manufacture of two navigation satellites will provide India a generous opportunity in becoming a market leader in space technology.
ISRO also aims to facilitate greater participation of Indian industries and for this purpose, it has already passed on 300 technologies to industries in various fields- electronics, speciality polymer chemicals and materials, electro-optical instruments, etc.
When: December 2016
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