Sunday, October 25, 2015

India's low-cost satellite launching capability.

After successful low-cost and high reliability launching of 4 medium satellites for US pvt co, India is getting ready to launch 6 satellites for the small yet prosperous and so-called scientifically advanced city state of Singapore in December.

With China and European Space Agency also looking up to India to study how India brings in low cost innovation, not compromising on reliability, to space technology and possibly looking for future launches by ISRO, ISRO is helping re-establish India among the global community of peace-loving and confident high-tech nations.

PSLV C30 with the Astrosat and 4 US satellites readying
for launch ..
The Cost Innovation which India brings to the satellite launching business now makes it possible to launch satellites through Indian space vehicles at 40% less cost than ESA and NASA. I have never come across any scientific publication laying stress on this aspect of Indian scientific progress, ie . of cost innovation. The Astrosat space telescope launched by India at $45 million last month, cost just 1% of the cost of $2.5 billion for Hubble space telescope by US in 1990 (at today's rates $4.6 billion). The Indian Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission cost just $75 million in November 2013 in comparison to NASA's Mars orbiter mission Maven that cost $ 675 million.

Maybe for a cash rich US and its space agency NASA, money may not be a problem (do not know why Apollo Mission in early 70s and Space Shuttle Missions in early 2000 were scrapped, both suffered from excess costs and low reliability) ..

Let us not worry too much of the irritants by way of China and US in India's March to glory and peaceful co-existence in giving leadership to the modern world.

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