NEW DELHI: A total of 30 space launches, including
for India’s human spaceflight mission, are being planned in the country over the next 14 months from the Sriharikota spaceport, space nodal agency Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (
) has said. These
and non-commercial by the govt as well as by private players.
“About 30 launches are planned for 2023-24 (Q4) and 2024-25 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, half of which are catering to the commercial space sector of India with the rest being user-funded, scientific missions or technology test launches,” IN-SPACe said.
According to the nodal agency, out of the 14 commercial missions identified, seven launches are being undertaken by Isro’s commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd, including the realisation of two Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) from the L&T-HAL consortium.
The launch manifesto comprehensively covers user-funded, scientific missions and other technology demonstration launches by Isro along with the commercial launches and associated primary and co-sharing passengers. “The integrated launch manifesto is in line with the Department of Space’s vision on optimising resources and encouraging innovation to establish India as a global manufacturing hub for space activities, aligning with the vision of ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’,” IN-SPACe said. The key private sector rocket missions include planned sub-orbital and orbital launches by space startups Agnikul Cosmos and Skyroot Aerospace.
Few of the private sector satellites that would be flown are from Digantara Research & Technology, Dhruvaspace, Space Kidz India and academic institutes like IIT-Madras, Manipal Institute of Technology and C.V. Raman Global University Odisha, IN-SPACe said.