Indian space agency asks industry to build spare satellites

September 9, 2016  - By
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is finalizing plans to have two spare satellites for its navigation fleet built by private industry in the next two years, reports The Hindu. The seven-satellite NAVIC (Navigation Indian Constellation) — formerly known as IRNSS — is now complete.

The Indian government will “handhold” industry for the first satellite, scheduled to be built by March 2017. The second satellite will be built entirely by industry, said M. Annadurai, director of ISRO Satellite Centre. Both 1,400-kilogram spare satellites will be kept ready on the ground.

The space agency issued “expressions of interest” in June, reports The Hindu, and ISRO is discussing details of risk, price and profit-sharing with prospective partners.

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