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Updated: November 26, 2009 20:15 IST

ISRO plans 36 launches during 11th plan

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Sriharikota: PSLV C-14 takes off from Satish Dhavan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on September 23, 2009.
PTI Sriharikota: PSLV C-14 takes off from Satish Dhavan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on September 23, 2009.

ISRO is planning 36 launches during the 11th plan with more than six a year, a top space official said here on Thursday.

The expanding horizon of Indian Space Programme, with more number of launches annually and missions like reusable launch vehicle on the anvil, calls for increased productivity with consistent quality and at a competitive cost, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director, P.S. Veeraraghavan said.

Partnership with aerospace Indian industries was likely to grow multi-fold with the expanding activities of Indian Space Programme and ISRO’s foray into International Space market, Mr. Veeraghavan told at ‘National Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar’

Presently more than 500 small and medium industries partnered with ISRO, he said.

Stating that the aerospace industry faces tough challenges, he said it should adapt to advanced manufacturing methodologies to suit the design function flawlessly.

Referring to the human resource shortage in aerospace engineering field, he said the industry should bring out innovative programmes in tie-up with Academic institutions, to ensure required number of manpower.

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