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India’s ISRO shifts responsibilities

November 9, 2022

By Chris Forrester

India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it is shifting operational activities to its marketing and commercial arm, New Space India (NSIL), while ISRO focuses on Research & Development.

ISRO chairman, Sreedhara Somanath, said that ISRO has over the years been focusing more on delivering applications for the government and the public; having created systems, and building, launching and operating satellites, providing communication, earth observation and navigation services.

Government directives will follow, reported the Press Trust of India. Following the government directives, all those operational activities would now move to NSIL, also a central public sector enterprise under the Department of Space (DoS), Somanath added.

“ISRO will focus more and more on research and development for advanced technologies in this domain (space),” he said. “This is going to happen in the coming years.”

He added that this meant the connection between ISRO and scientific organisations in the country need to be scaled up to create greater research and development activities in space technology.

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