India Wants Global Space Partners
“Flush with the ongoing success of its Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is looking for international partners as a way to fast-forward some of its ambitious space plans…
“The latest Geosynchronous Space Launch Vehicle – the GSLV Mk III (LVM3) under development with a $500 million budget and a Russian cryogenic stage – is now moving to an indigenous cryogenic stage, with two variants set to be ready in 2009.
“‘The objective is to have a self-reliant cost-effective new launch vehicle capable of launching the 4-ton class of communication satellites in Geo-synchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and up to 10-ton satellites in low Earth orbit by 2010/2011,’ says N. Narayanamoorthy, the SLV3 project director at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSCC). The LVM3 development also includes improved operability, he says.”