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Saturday, January 9, 2016
India setting up Space Park for industry in Bengaluru
The Indian space agency is soon opening a 100-acreSpace Park in Bengaluru where private industry players would be allowed to set up facilities to make subsystems and components for satellites, a top official said on Tuesday.
The Space Park is coming up near Whitefield for the private industry. It is over 100 acres. It is likely to be inaugurated this month,” Indian Space Research Centre’s (Isro) Satellite Centre Director M Annadurai told IANS at the science congress here.
With the space agency launching more satellites for various communication and earth observation services like remote sensing and navigation, the park will enable the industry to manufacture and supply their subsystems and vital components faster for spacecraft assembled at its satellite centre in the tech hub.
Annadurai said: “We have told them (private firms) to increase their capacity building or join us at the Space Park and make components and other parts for our satellites, as they have been already using our own facilities.”
As India plans to launch at least 10-12 satellites a year using heavy rockets to deploy them in the earth’s lower or geo-stationary orbits for various applications and services, demand for subsystems and vital components for spacecraft to carry scientific instruments or transponders as payloads has shot up manifold.