Source: Defense News
ISRO, Industry Representatives to Interact on PSLV Plan
Integration of various segments of the PSLV in progress
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is addressing a large gathering of industries here on Thursday and pitching a plan for a consortium to produce its PSLV launchers. During the half-day long interaction, ISRO will place before the industry decision makers its plan to almost treble the pace of producing its PSLV launchers – from about four a year at present to 10 to 12 a year.
ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar recently told The Hindu that the discussions would be about building industry’s capacity for making a failsafe PSLV as ISRO has been currently making.
“These are preliminary talks. We are trying to work for a target (to form a consortium) … but it will be based on our discussions and after identifying a mechanism,” he had said.
ISRO officials are slated to make presentations and elicit views of industry representatives.
Key figures from the public and private sector companies such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Godrej, Larsen & Toubro, MTAR and Midhani will be among the 200 participants.
The participants will include representatives from both ISRO’s current vendor base and those interested in joining space program-related activities.
A senior official familiar with the event said, “So far, industry has been our vendor giving us products that we ask for. We now want it to be our partner, who will take on greater responsibilities and give us integrated systems. After all, ISRO’s main job is to focus on R&D to develop technologies for the future.”
The launch vehicle program is almost entirely indigenous and ISRO has been speaking of a launcher manufacturing consortium for a couple of years now. ISRO’s Bengaluru centre assembles three categories of national satellites – for communication, Earth observation (EO) and more recently, navigation purposes.
Currently ISRO, mainly through its launch vehicle centre Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, produces about four PSLVs in a year. In the last one year, the organisation has started doing more launches and conducted three to four consecutive launches in as many months.
The PSLVs are needed for putting into space the country’s EO and navigation spacecraft of up to 1,600 kg into orbits of 600-700 km from the ground.
ISRO officials will make presentations and elicit views of industry representatives.