[Via Satellite 01-04-201] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be opening a 100-acre space park in Bangalore, according to reports. Private industry players will be able to use the facilities, likely to open later this month, to manufacture subsystems and components for satellites.
In the past few years, ISRO has increased its launch capacity significantly and it is planning on conducting 10 to 12 launches per year in the near future. This means the demand for subsystems and vital components has increased significantly as well. The space park will allow the industry to manufacture and supply these systems and components faster.
The space park will also allow the private industry to manufacture satellites from beginning to end, including integration and testing for launching them from ISRO’s spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The space agency outsources about 80 percent of its requirements for rockets and satellites to the private industry, according to reports.
“The Space Park will also contribute to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, as the private industry and (state-run) firms like HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.) have been helping us in making rockets and satellites over the years,” ISRO Satellite Center Director M. Annadurai told IANS.