In the upcoming months, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will put 25 satellites from various countries into space. Out of these, 12 are American satellites and remaining 13 are from six other countries – Germany, Canada, Algeria, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Sharing these facts in response to a question in Rajya Sabha, minister of state Jitendra Singh on Thursday said, “The PSLV with its string of successful flights has emerged as one of the most reliable launch vehicles in the world. Till date, 57 foreign satellites from 21 countries have been succefully launched on-board PSLV, under the commercial arrangement between Antrix Corporation Limited and foreign clients.”
Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO, will launch three satellites each of Algeria and Canada, four of Germany, one each of Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan and 12 of the United States in 2016-17.
In the last three years, from January 2013 till December 2015, the Indian Space Research Organisation launched 28 foreign satellites belonging to nine countries. During this period, it launched seven satellites of Singapore, six of the United Kingdom, five of Canada, four of the US, two of Austria and one each of Denmark, France, Germany and Indonesia.
Singh said, “Antrix has earned revenue of 80.6 million euros through launch of these 28 international customer satellites.”