ISRO planning 30 launches in next three years

Monday, Jul 13, 2015,21:37 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | In an effort to exploit the huge market potential, the  Indian Space Research Organisation will increase its launch capacity to 30 launches in the next three years.
ISRO  Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told newspersons here that with two launch pads at Sriharikota, the ISRO was at present engaged in nearly seven launches a year.  ”We want to increase it to ten launches per year.  We are planning up to 30 launches, including ten  GSLV-Mark III, in the next three years,” he added.
He said there was a terrific demand for the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from abroad due to its success rate.  ”The market is good and orders depend on our ability to realise them,” he said, adding that the British statellites, put into orbit on Friday by PSLV-C28, were working satisfactorily.
Stating that the ISRO wanted to increase the number of launches with available resources, he said industry would be involved in an effective manner to achieve the target. ”We will have to think about a third launch pad as we will be reaching the full capacity of ten launches a year with available two launch pads.”
He said a proposal for forming a seperate company to integrate planning and production works was also being considered in view of the limitations by the government organisation to increase the staff strength.