Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is renowned for its cost-effective satellite launches, and now it has further geared itself up in the global race of minimizing the cost of launching space crafts.
The costs of satellite launch are usually not revealed in public, but ISRO officials are working on new technologies to reduce the expense.
ISRO’s low prices and its high success rate have attracted foreign clients. While a satellite launch on Arianespace’s rocket costs about $100 million after subsidies, SpaceX will charge $60 million. In contrast, ISRO charged an average of $3 million per satellite between 2013 and 2015.
Just like SpaceX, ISRO too is developing partially reusable rockets and launch vehicles. They have already tested RLV-TD and Scranjet-TD and greater attempts are being put in the all-round development of these systems.
Till date, India has conducted satellite launch for 28 countries including USA, UK, Finland, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, and Israel. This point towards a sharply competitive cost structure set up by ISRO.
K. Sivan, Department of Space Secretary and ISRO Chairman, says that by using electronic propulsion systems, miniaturized avionics, and advanced electronics the cost of satellite launch can be reduced. The department is expecting an increase in the financial allocation in next month’s budget session.