Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Tamil Nadu government has confirmed more than 961 hectares in Thoothukudi district for India’s proposed second rocket launch port.
At present, rockets are launched from the Indian Space Research Organization’s spaceport at Sriharikota. The government has chosen to set up a second facility in the scenery of an expansion in the quantity of launches by ISRO for domestic and international clients.
In a composed answer in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State in the Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh gave out insights regarding the status of setting up of nation’s subsequent space rocket launching port by ISRO in Tamil Nadu’s Kulasekharapatnam .
According to a request made by the Department of Space, the Tamil Nadu government has recognized more than 961 hectares in Thoothukudi area. Land survey is completed for around 431 hectares and primer notice has been issued.
Survey work for the balanced region is in advanced stage. Currently, one launch pad is being proposed at the second launch port at Kulasekarapattinam in Tamil Nadu.
ISRO authorities stated that the rocket launch pad at Kulasekharapatnam will be close to the equator. Henceforth, a spaceport in Tuticorin district will be ideal for placing satellites in polar orbit.
They included, the space organization’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC) is at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu where it assembles the second and fourth stage engines for the PSLV.
Rather than moving the second and fourth stages to Sriharikota from Mahendragiri it will be simpler to move them to the launch pad in the event that it is constructed in Kulasekharapatnam which is around 100 km away.
Then the Minister stated, the Center’s policy decision of opening up the space division for private players empowers them to create different space qualified subsystems and systems alongside building of satellites and launch vehicles.
They are additionally allowed to build up facilities and give launch services and other space based administrations. A significant number of these administrations and products will discover international clients, which will expand India’s share in the worldwide space sector market, he said.