India has 4 fully assembled satellites ready for launch and shipment to the rocket port out of the 12 that were built during 2019-2020, said a senior official of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
India worked on 12 satellites during 2019-2020 out of which 8 have been launched and 4 are prepared for launch and transfer to the rocket port at Sriharikota, said P. Kunhikrishnan, Director, U.R. Rao Satellite Center (URSC) part of ISRO.
He was speaking at a space sector conference ‘Ushering the new era in Indian Space Sector’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Antrix Corporation Limited and supported by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
Kunhikrihnan stated that out of the 4 satellites, GISAT-1 is prepared for launch at the rocket port in Sriharikota.
The other 3 satellites – Microsat-2A, GSAT-12R and RISAT-2BR2 are prepared for shipment to the rocket port.
The launch of GISAT-1 satellite scheduled for March 5, 2020 was deferred because of technical reasons a day prior to the launch.
As per him, the challenges in making satellites is that all are different and not uniform.
Further dissimilar to a rocket which needs to play out its task of placing a satellite into orbit in around 20 minutes, a satellite needs to work in an extreme environment for around 20 years.
Kunhikrishnan stated that the future plan for satellite manufacturing from ‘build to print’ to ‘build to specs’.
He said India currently has 52 satellites in outer space.