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ISRO lines up 21 rockets, to launch 70 satellites in 5 years

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has lined up over 21 rocket launches and will be putting over 70 satellites in space over the next five years. 

More Details about ISRO’s upcoming Rocket/Satellite Launches:

  • ISRO’s plan to launch 21 rockets in coming years is a part of the Rs 8,658.74 crore sanctioned by the Indian Government to build and launch about 31 rockets, including 15 PSLVs, 13 GSLV’s and three GSLV MK-III.
  • Currently, ISRO’s launch vehicles are being used for launching national satellites towards meeting the earth observation, communication, navigation and scientific needs of the country and the excess capacity is being used to launch satellites of other countries.
  • It is to be noted that India is emerging as a hub for development of satellites as well as a launch pad for small satellites

Heavier Satellites to be launched by ISRO without Foreign Help:

  • India currently uses the Ariane 5 rocket, of Arianespace, the European Space Agency to launch its heavier communication satellites into
  • ISRO officials have stated that 2017 will be the last year India will utilise foreign launch vehicles to hurl its satellites into space, suggesting that its in-house capabilities have been tested and proven enough to carry out such missions.
  • With GSLV-MK-III, the heavier rocket that can hurl four-tonne communication satellites into space, it can have the capability locally.
  • Going forward, ISRO will focus on building capabilities in heavier rockets that are powered by a semi-cryogenic engine and the reusable launch vehicle that has potential to hurl cargo into space at low costs.

Quick Facts about ISRO:
ISRO is the space agency of Government of India, formed with a vision to harness space technology for national development
Formation Year: 1969
Founded by: Vikram Sarabhai
Headquarters: Bengaluru
Current Chairman: A S Kiran Kumar