ISRO to undertake its first fully commercial space mission
ISRO chairperson G Madhavan Nair has confirmed that the Indian space organization would be undertaking their first fully commercial mission in the coming months. The plan is to carry the Italian satellite Agile to outer space aboard PSLV C-8 in April-May. Nair said in a statement to the media personals: “We are also planning for the GSLV launch in April, which will carry Insat 4-C for augmenting DTH technology in the country.â€
He was talking to the reporters on the sidelines of the national workshop on Space Applications for Mankind. ISRO also said that the PSLV and GSLV rockets would be launched from the first and second launch pads at Sriharikota respectively. Nair claimed that the ISRO provides a much economical option to these commercial companies to launch their satellites in space and they plan to expand their operations to undergo more commercial flights in the future.
Nair also added that the ISRO has successfully tested an air-breathing engine in Russia for 10 seconds at ground level. This is a good beginning and ISRO is hoping that the engineâ€™s sounding module could be tested in two to three years. This would enable the rockets to use atmospheric air for combustion and they would require lesser quantity of oxidizers.