From Bangalore Mirror
Bengaluru: With an eye on engaging the private sector to play a more active role in developing space technologies, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is setting up a space park on a 100-acre land in Whitefield.
Mars Orbiting Mission (MOM) programme director Mylaswamy Annadurai (left) said on the sidelines of the 103rd Indian Science Congress that Isro will be setting up the basic infrastructure at the space park, and will invite private industry players to work on space technologies there. He said the facility was expected to be inaugurated later this year and that the land to be developed into a space park in Whitefield belonged to Isro.
“The space park will see a lot of firms already working with Isro use our infrastructure and become partners,” he said. The plan appears to be in keeping with the future space projects planned by Isro in which the country’s premier space agency expects industry to play a much larger role.
The space agency is already planning the Aditya satellite project which involves launching a satellite to study solar coronograph, and Chandrayaan-2, the sequel to Isro’s Chandrayaan-1, which was launched in October 2008.
Chandrayaan-2 will be a lunar touchdown mission unlike Chandrayaan-1, which only orbited the moon to carry out experiments before intentionally being crashed into the lunar surface.
Annadurai said the launch of the GSAT 7-A satellite will be in 2017, even as Isro will have several other launches planned through 2016, including the GLSV MK-III. Among the important launches just round the corner this year is the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)-G5 launch on January 20.