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23 companies showed interest in ISRO's small satellite launch vehicle technology


23 companies showed interest in ISRO's small satellite launch vehicle technology

If reports are to be believed, 23 companies have shown their interest in acquiring the Indian space agency's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle technology.


Pawan K Goenka, Chairman of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), has said that they would like to see how the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) technology will be used by the private sector.     


“There has been a tremendous response, 23 companies have (so far) shown interest in applying for this technology.


“Of course only one of them will get it," he said.


IN-SPACe, an autonomous nodal agency under the Department of Space (DOS), formed in 2020 to promote, enable, authorise and supervise non-government entities (NGEs) to undertake space activities, had in July floated an Expression of Interest (EoI) for transfer of technology (ToT) of SSLV with the last date to respond to it being September 25.


"Technology transfer is something we are working on very aggressively, because we really want to see how ISRO's technology is leveraged by private sector.


“A lot is happening in that area and the biggest one is of course SSLV technology transfer, where we are transferring the launch vehicle lock, stock, and barrel completely to the private sector," Goenka said.


organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he said


This is perhaps the first time that an agency has transferred the full design of a launch vehicle to the private sector, he remarks while speaking at the inaugural function of the International Conference on Space in Bengaluru, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).    


He also added that there are 42 applications or space technologies to be transferred to the private sector and ISRO is working very closely with IN-SPACe and vice versa to get the process going, and 19 technologies are ready for transfer.


IN-SPACe is working on the manufacturing aspect with state governments, he said, adding that the idea is to try and get all inclusive infrastructure, with a plug-and-play kind of setup for the industries focusing on manufacturing, where infrastructure will be provided by the state government.


“We are in the process of signing an MoU with one state and we are working with another state to make that happen," Goenka added.


He also said currently India's Space economy is at $8 billion and the vision is to take it to $44 billion by 2033.


"Lot of work is being done towards this and everyone will have to play an important role for this," he said.

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