Commercial Space

One Rocket, Many Satellites: Isro’s final push to India’s commercial space lift-off

After a decade-long attempt to privatise space activities, Isro is opening up in ways that were unthinkable before

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At the end of a public event in Mysore, three young engineers walked up to the chief guest AS Kiran Kumar, chairman of Isro. Rohan Ganapathy and his team had built a prototype of a new propulsion system for satellites and wanted to draw the chairman’s attention towards it. Which they did. A few days later, in late 2015, they got a call from the chairman’s office. The guys surely had the talent to be at the right place at the right time. What followed was no less than a Brobdingnagian step, from India’s space agency towards…

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