Isro plans launchpad-3 for India’s space odyssey

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is reportedly trying its best to secure sanction of the Union government to set up a third launching pad for rockets and space craft at spaceport, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Sources said Isro chairman Dr Radhakrishnan is pushing hard for this though the space agency chief was not available for comment. The space agency also has plans to build an integrated assembly facility near Sriharikota, a multi-mission ground station in Hyderabad and a spacecraft centre in Chitradurga in Karnataka.

According to Dr Radhakrishnan’s own submission, Isro plans to launch 60 missions over the next five years, but the target cannot be achieved without the upgradation of current space infrastructure. “Our priority is to increase the number of launching pads,” an Isro scientist attending Cospar, a nine-day scientific assembly which ended on Sunday, said. The Cospar-2012 ended on Sunday and the next is scheduled to be held in Moscow from August 2-10, 2014.

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