Moon mission spells money for Isro

Moon mission spells money for Isro
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First Published: Wed, Dec 24 2008. 11 55 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Dec 24 2008. 11 55 PM IST
New Delhi: India’s Chandrayaan-I mission in October has not only successfully put a satellite in the moon’s orbit but it has done it at one-fourth the cost. And this has made countries across the globe sit-up and take notice. The Indian Space Research Organization or Isro expects to get an additional revenue of Rs500-Rs600 crore per year in new orders from foreign clients for making and launching satellites.
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“We have now commitments to launch for four different customers — Algeria, Netherlands, Italy and Singapore. And there are also indications that there could be further demand for a launch from PSLV and GSLV when it becomes operational,” says KR Sridhara Murthy the managing director of Antrix Corporation.
Buoyed by the success of Chandrayaan-I, space scientists now plan to conquer new frontiers by sending a robot on moon in 2012 and a spacecraft to Mars the following year, which will also see an Indian astronaut in space.
Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has lined up a slew of missions, which also include landing a spacecraft on an asteroid and sending a probe to fly past a comet.
Isro plans to send an Indian astronaut in space onboard a Russian mission in 2013 and follow it up with two Indian astronauts on a seven-day mission on an indigenously developed rocket in 2015.
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First Published: Wed, Dec 24 2008. 11 55 PM IST