Elon Musk is making huge efforts in space programs via his company SpaceX. When SpaceX launches it rockets and lands them on floating barge the whole world sit back and take notice. Blue Origin is another company which is vying for market share in Space programs. India’s state owned ISRO is another player which is putting all its experience and expertise to grab the biggest pie of commercial space market. Recently ISRO launched its first space shuttle and successfully landed it back.
ISRO has been particularly famous for its low cost but efficient and successful missions; in November 2013 ISRO launched India’s Mars Orbiter Mission or Mangalyaan and successfully inserted into Mars’s orbit on 24th September 2014. ISRO’s Mars mission was agency’s first attempt of reaching Mars. ISRO became fourth space organization to reach Mars. India became the first Asian nation to do so and also the first nation in the world to achieve this huge feat in its first attempt. The total cost of ISRO’s Mars project was $73 million USD; now compare this to the cost of NASA’s MAVEN which had a project cost of $670 million USD. This cost benefit along with its experience and expertise is what ISRO is aiming to target to bring customers to its fold.
Now ISRO is again back in action, yesterday India’s space organization launched PSLV-C34 from Sriharikota carrying 20 satellites in a single mission. Out of 20 satellites, 3 satellites were from India, rest 17 seventeen were from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. All the satellites were deposited in 26 minutes from the launch.
ISRO has been doing space launches for other countries in the past as well. In June 2014, ISRO launched five satellites from France, Germany, Singapore and Canada. The PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) strengthens India’s target of capturing the all booming $304 billion annual global space market.
The feat achieved by ISRO is no small and it places the organization in centre of the money filled space market along with other players. Back in 2008 ISRO did 10 satellites launch in one mission, the record though is with Russia which has launched 37 satellites in a single launch, NASA has done a maximum of 29 satellites at a time. The payload for yesterday’s launch contained devices with varying weights from more than 700kg to as low as 1.5kg.
Out of the three India satellites launched two were from Indian colleges Satyabhama University, Chennai and College of Engineering, Pune. Including yesterday’s launch of PSLV-C34, this marks the 35th consecutive successful mission for PSLV. P Kunhikrishnan, Director, SDSC-SHAR said this for PSLV :
PSLV has become a success symbol for ISRO and India. ISRO is adopting more and more professionalism.
The market of putting satellites in space for paid missions is on an increase as need for high-end communication technology is expanding for companies as well as countries. With more players entering the market, the Space program race is definitely heating up and India with ISRO as its face is pushing for greater control over this.
We wish our scientist, engineers, technicians and many other unknown faces at ISRO all the very best and wish them all the success in their endeavours.
Checkout the video below for the launch event: