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Updated: September 14, 2011 23:48 IST

Sriharikota to be an assembling hub

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Satellites, rockets to be assembled at Sriharikota. Photo: ISRO
Satellites, rockets to be assembled at Sriharikota. Photo: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is drawing up plans to develop the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota into a centre for assembling satellites and rockets in the near future.

“Our vision is a quantum jump in satellites and launch vehicles to be dealt with in future years. The space port in Sriharikota should further develop into an area where the industries in India working for space would come together, assemble satellites and rockets there and move to the launch pad,” ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said.

He was addressing a meeting after the inauguration of the Oceansat-2 ground station at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) in Hyderabad recently.

ISRO and INCOIS were working together in the area of environment and climate monitoring, he said, adding that INCOIS was sending forecast to coastal areas based on inputs received from Oceansat-2 launched two years ago.

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