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Adani, L&T Among Firms Interested In Building Satellite Launchers, Says Government


The state -owned Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited has also submitted a proposal. (Representative)

New Delhi:

The government on Thursday said Adani Enterprises Limited and L&T are part of two consortiums led by government enterprises that have shown interest in building a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), an ISRO warhorse rocket to put satellites in orbit.

In an effort to encourage private sector participation in the space sector, New Space India Limited (NSIL), a company under the Space Department, has invited proposals from the Indian industry to build five PSLVs.

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said two consortia, one comprising Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen & Toubro, and the other involving Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) and Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), had handed over the technology -commercial proposal to build PSLV.

The government-run Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited has also submitted a techno-commercial proposal for the “end-to-end realization” of PSLV, he told Rajya Sabha in response to a question from NCP member Vandana Chavan.

The Space Research Organization of India (ISRO) has been working closely with the industry in building launch vehicles, satellites and other components, but for the first time in 2020 the government opened the sector to private participation for the entire space spectrum. operations, including planetary exploration missions.

The Indian National Space Promotion and Permitting Center (IN-SPACe) acts as an agency to promote, hold and authorize private sector activities in the sector, besides enabling the sharing of technical facilities and expertise from ISRO.

NSIL has a mandate to increase private participation in space programs and also owns and operates capital -intensive assets such as satellites and launch vehicles.

Mr Singh told the Rajya Sabha that since 2020, there have been 48 applications from private players received to IN-SPACe to carry out space activities and their applications are being processed for further action.

“Of these, applications to allow space activities to non -governmental private entities were 16, the Space Department’s technology sharing and facilities for NGPE were 23 and Consultancy and Promotion was 9,” he said in a written response. .

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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