Space: Thirty launches to space planned for fourth quarter of FY24, FY25: IN-SPACe

As many as 30 launches to space have been planned for the fourth quarter of FY 2023-24, and FY 2024-25 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, half of which are catering to the commercial space sector of India with the rest being user-funded, scientific missions or technology test launches, said private space industry regulator Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), in a launch manifesto, on Thursday.

Out of the 14 commercial missions identified, seven launches are being undertaken by the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) including two Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLVs) by an industry consortium, IN-SPACe said. “This marks a substantial increase in launch activity compared to previous years and is a positive indicator of the expanding Space ecosystem in the country,” it said.

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The key non-governmental entities that have planned sub-orbital and orbital launches during this period are Agnikul Cosmos and Skyroot Aerospace. Those who are launching their satellites include Digantara Research and Technology, Dhruvaspace, Space Kidz India, and academic institutes like IIT-Madras, Manipal Institute of Technology, and CV Raman Global University, Odisha.

IN-SPACe is an autonomous nodal agency under the department of Space, to promote, enable, authorise and supervise non-government entities to undertake space activities. These activities include manufacturing of launch vehicles and satellites, providing space-based services, establishing a ground station, sharing of Space infrastructure and facilities, and establishing new facilities under the department of Space.

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