With quantum jump in missions, ISRO to scale up outsourcing

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With domestic launch missions witnessing a 'quantum jump' in recent times, Indian Space Research Organisation plans to scale up outsourcing to industries, which already contribute 60 per cent to the country's space programme.

"Quantum jump is taking place both in satellite and launch vehicles", ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan, who also heads the Space Commission and is secretary in the Department of Space, told PTI.

He noted that ISRO used to have one flight annually some years ago, which later went up to 2-3 every year and now stands at 4-5.

Radhakrishnan said there is much potential for industries, particularly in the area of the 'proven' Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle programme and standard satellites buses, in addition to transponders in C and Ku band as the works are "repetitive" in nature.

On PSLV, ISRO's workhorse rocket, he said: "We must have larger involvement of industries to produce them".

ISRO officials said towards achieving shorter turnaround times for realising the missions, the space agency has been encouraging wider participation of industry.

Due to technology transfer and technology utilisation activities adopted by ISRO, industry is significantly contributing in all spheres of space endeavours, they said.

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