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ISRO Plans 12 Major Space Missions for 2024

CIO Insider Team | Friday, 8 December, 2023
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In the next two years, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has a stellar program of 12 major space missions planned, all of which are expected to push the frontiers of India's space capabilities.

Next year, three GSLV (geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle) missions have been scheduled to launch a combined NASA-ISRO synthetic aperture radar satellite, a navigation satellite, and a meteorological satellite.

Next year, two unmanned missions under the Gaganyaan program to evaluate the orbital module and the human-rated launch vehicle in real flight, as well as one LVM3 commercial mission by NSIL, are scheduled.

Furthermore, a number of suborbital tests utilizing a test vehicle have been scheduled to verify the Gaganyaan Crew Escape System in a range of abort scenarios. Plans have also been made for one SSLV mission, which will be the third developmental flight and carry a technology demonstration satellite into orbit.

Plans also include a GSAT 20 communication satellite mission by NSIL through a procurement launch under a commercial contract, and two autonomous runway landing trials of winged body reusable launch vehicle (RLV).

Isro is planning test flights that will eventually result in the launch of Indian astronauts into space as part of the Gaganyaan Program, in addition to looking at unmanned missions.

Next year, three GSLV (geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle) missions have been scheduled to launch a combined NASA-ISRO synthetic aperture radar satellite, a navigation satellite, and a meteorological satellite.

This project will launch India's human spaceflight program, a momentous occasion for the country. Furthermore, technologies enabling affordable space access are expected to be demonstrated by the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) project.

Science and Technology Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh disclosed the information in a written response to queries posed in the Lok Sabha.

The minister further stated that the private space industry in India is also very important, and as of November 2023, 523 startups and businesses had contacted ISRO's commercial arm, IN-SPACe, with 297 of them requesting assistance for research and development as well as testing.

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