ISRO is planning to develop a third launch pad at India’s spaceport Sriharikota to launch over 60 missions over the next five years.
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ISRO’s order book is full and it needs to augment it’s launch capacity to cater to the growing demand. ISRO is conductiong a feasibility study for developing the spaceport.
The new launch pad will help ISRO augment the frequency of missions, which is necessary to meet its ambitious targets. ISRO has firm plans to launch 24 missions in the next 24 months. The new launch pad will be used to launch Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III) that can carry heavier satellites as also by the reusable launch vehicle, India’s own version of a space shuttle.
The new launch pad will have a new vehicle assembly building, mobile pedestals, towers, emergency exists, safety bunkers, material handling equipment and many more electrical systems.
ISRO also plans to build a ‘Space Park’ next to the spaceport. With multiple successful launches by ISRO, the world is queing up to launch their satellites on Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Satellite launch is a multi-billion dollar world business and ISRO is clearly stealing the show with it’s low cost & affordable launch vehicles.
The moment ISRO starts building a launch vehicle for a space launch, the launchpad gets blocked for nearly two months till the launch of a satellite. With Isro setting a target of 24 missions in 24 months, more launchpads become a necessity.
Besides communications satellites, ISRO has plans to launch Chandrayaan-II. This will be the sequel to the successful moon mission Chandrayaan-I. Eventually ISRO will launch satellites to study the Sun, send a probe to Mars and conduct a human space flight.
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