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‘ISRO to scale up outsourcing to industries’

New Delhi, India: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will 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, according to ISRO’s Chairman K Radhakrishnan.
Speaking to Press Trust of India, Radhakrishnan said more than 500 industries (micro, small, medium and large) already account for 60 percent production of the space agency’s programme and their share would further go up. ISRO is witnessing a quantum jump in the production of rockets (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) and satellites, in the last two-three years.
Radhakrishnan added that 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 these PSLV missions, you also send some of the foreign satellites,” he continued, adding the ISRO had already bagged order to launch 11 foreign satellites.
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.
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.
Source: Business Standard