New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to carry out several scientific experiments this year, including the landing of Aditya, Chandrayaan-3, Gaganyaan space shuttles and a reusable RLV rocket.
ISRO will undertake many scientific projects in 2023. ISRO will land and test the reusable RLV rock jet at the Aeronautical Experiment Center in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district in a few months. ISRO will also send Aditya spacecraft this year to study the Sun. Apart from this, ISRO is also sending Chandrayaan-3 to the moon. ISRO will launch an unmanned spacecraft by the end of this year as part of the Gaganyaan project to send humans into space.
Besides, India’s start-up companies are also planning to create many achievements. Skyroot Aerospace, which launched the country’s first private rocket (Vikram-S) last November, plans to launch a satellite this year.
Agnicool Cosmos, a start-up company formed in the IIT Chennai campus, will launch a rocket named Agniban. Awais Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of Pixel Company, has said that they are planning to launch 6 hyperspectral imagery satellites commercially this year.
“The number of start-up companies that have entered the space industry has already crossed 100,” said Lt Gen AK Bhatt (retd), director general of the Indian Space Society. These companies have raised funds of USD 245.35 million (Rs. 2030 crore),” he said.
Chaitanya Giri, a space program consultant for developing countries, said, “Russia is currently not undertaking any space programs due to the war in Ukraine. China’s position in the space market is similar. This is good for India. Indian start-ups should engage in the space market without expecting ISRO to strike international deals.
ISRO is a space exploration company, not a commercial arrangement company. Indian start-up companies, small and medium enterprises and corporates should make commercial arrangements among themselves,” he said.