Published By : 11 Apr 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
India could see its first privately constructed satellite in space this week as Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) prepares for a launch to assist its Navic armada. A consortium of medium and small-sized enterprises, led by Alpha Design Technologies, a Bengaluru-based aviation firm, has developed IRNSS-1L, a backup satellite to be used for navigation with another nuclear clock, under the careful watch of ISRO. It also is the primary satellite to be constructed at a special ISRO unit for private firms.
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the satellite will be launched from Sriharikota with the help of the home-developed polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) rocket. This is for the second time that the private group has developed a satellite for ISRO. The last one got lost in August 2017, when the heat shield of the rocket could not open to let out the satellite. Later, in an inquiry, it was found that an explosive could not detonate properly, owing to which the latch of the heat case of the PSLV could not break, leading to the mishap.
"This satellite will showcase the capability of the private consortium. It will be the beginning of ISRO's voyage of utilizing the business to be among one of the leading system integrators of satellites," stated an ISRO researcher, on conditions to not to be named. ISRO has declined to comment on it. Col. HS Shankar, the CEO of Alpha Design, also declined to remark.