For the first time, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to act as a launchpad for a US Satellite. It’s not the first time India is helping another Nation. India has so far launched 45 satellites for 19 nations. US will be using Indian launching vehicle, Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV) for its satellite launch. The scientists at ISRO are also working on GSLV Mark-III, that will have launching in December.
The scientists at ISRO consider this opportunity as, ” . . . an acknowledgement long due.”
On the 5th convocation meet, in the AMET University, ISRO chairman, A. S. Kiran Kumar said-“US will be the 20th Nation to launch its satellite through the Indian launch pad.” He emphasized on the reasons for PSLV’s magnificent success, pinning them on it being a cost effective technology.
Further, Kiran Kumar added, in the next two years, there will be 28 more foreign satellites to be launched from the Indian platform. It seems to be a remarkable deal for India and appears promising in terms of strengthening relations with other countries.
The team at ISRO is gearing up to launch GSLV Mark-II on August 27. After this project, the scientists are leading with the progressive work on GSLV Mark-3, that will be capable to carry satellites upto 4 tonnes in weight.