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ISRO to expand research facilities

India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is enhancing its capabilities by setting up more than half a dozen critical facilities across its installations, even as it is targeting to nearly double its transponder capacity over the next one-and-a-half years, according to ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan.

They include a national database for emergency management and a multi-mission earth observation centre for satellites which will be set up at Hyderabad, besides an advanced research and development centre for spacecrafts to come up on 530 acres in the Science City at Chitradurga. As PSLV and GSLV launches have increased, Dr. Radhakrishnan said, “We are trying to integrate the sub-systems of rockets at Sriharikota since they are currently manufactured in different parts of the country.” The project would take about two-three years, he added.

In addition, a hypersonic wind tunnel and a plasma wind tunnel will be set up at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum. The hypersonic wind tunnel will study re-entry and the plasma wind tunnel will study the behaviour of materials at high speed.

A thrust chamber testing facility for high-thrust cryogenic engines also will be set up at Mahendragiri, and a new mission control centre to look at multiple mission preparations simultaneously will come up at Sriharikota.

Source: The Hindu