Bengaluru: To boost sky strength, ISRO is developing a small launch vehicle that can be assembled in just three days. The cost of this launch vehicle will also be one-tenth of that of a normal PSLV. The manufacturing cost of one can be anywhere between Rs 150 crore to Rs 500. Normal PSLV is an expendable launch system developed and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
This new launch vehicle will be ready by the end of next year or early 2019. Dr K Sivan, director of Thiruvananthapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told a national news site that this rocket will have the “total payload capacity of 500 to 700 kg and can launch satellites only up to the polar sun-synchronous orbit or near-earth orbit (500-700 km in altitude).”
Isro has started working on the idea of building this small rocket keeping in mind the emerging market of nano satellites. Till now, satellites of foreign customers are accommodated in launch vehicles only as secondary passengers.