ISRO to up outsourcing to industries in rocket-satellite areas

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BANGALORE: Indian space agency ISRO would
significantly scale up outsourcing to industries to
fuel the quantum jump in the programmes being
undertaken by it and has mooted a risk-sharing
model, its chairman K Radhakrishnan said on
Monday. He said more than 500 industries (micro, small,
medium and large) already account for 60 per cent
production of the space agency's programme and their share would further go up. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is
witnessing a "quantum jump" in the production of
rockets (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) and
satellites, in the last two-three years, he said. Radhakrishnan said the ISRO has already launched
three satellites this year, and four more spacecraft
are getting ready for launch by March next year. "So you can see a quantum jump in both satellites
and launch vehicles (rockets). And when you do
this PSLV missions, you also send some of the
foreign satellites," he said, adding the ISRO had
already bagged order to launch 11 foreign
satellites. Radhakrishnan said in the case of proven launch
vehicles (PSLV), standard satellite buses and
communication transponders -- which are largely
repetitive in nature -- he definitely sees outsourcing
to industry to grow significantly. "We are getting into risk-sharing model," he said. The ISRO has proposed to set up a huge
manufacturing complex near the Sriharikota
spaceport on the Andhra coast so that its industrial
partners have production there. At present, ISRO's suppliers are located in different
parts of the country, and the idea now is to cut
down the turnaround time and get the products on
time. The complex is planned to be built on 200-300
acres in Sriharikota, close to the launch site, and
ISRO is currently engaged in discussions with the
Andhra Pradesh government for land acquisition. "Industry is positive. We are informally talking to
the industries," he said, adding the ISRO is working
on different models such as industries setting up
facilities on this land or ISRO giving them space to
put up factories. ISRO has also mooted an idea for industrial partners
that they can work in consortium mode if they wish
-- like coming together of players in the field of
electronics, production, metals and precision
fabrication, among others. Radhakrishnan said the manufacturing complex is
expected to come up during the 12th plan, which
starts in April next year.

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