New Delhi, India: The Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch 58 space missions, including sending spacecraft to moon and Mars, an exclusive satellite to keep a round-the-clock watch on the country and deploy 500 transponders, in the next five years.
The space agency also aims to deploy its own version of the GPS by putting into orbit a constellation of seven satellites which will form the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS).
According to the 12th Five Year Plan, approved by the Union Cabinet last week, ISRO plans to add 400 transponders to the existing 187 to meet the growing demand from DTH operators, satellite mobile communications and new generation broadband VSAT systems.
The 12th Plan has made an indicative plan outlay of INR 39,750 crore for the Department of Space.
“Overall, 58 missions are planned for realisation during 12th Plan period, which includes 33 satellite missions and 25 launch vehicle missions,” the 12th Plan document stated.
The space agency is also designing a special ”eye-in-the- sky” — Geo-Imaging Satellite or GISAT — to be stationed 36,000 km above to maintain round-the-clock vigil on the country and assist state authorities in tackling natural disasters, floods or forest fires and keep a watch over India’s sensitive borders.
Missions initiated in the 11th Plan such as Chandrayaan-II, Astrosat-1 and Aditya-1 are also expected to be set forth on their respective destinations over the next five years.
Also part of the 12th Plan is the development of the next generation satellite launcher, the GSLV Mk-III, which will help ISRO put heavier satellites into orbit.
Source: Zee News