ISRO to Launch 58 Space Missions by 2017
[Satellite TODAY 10-08-12] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to launch 58 space missions in the next five years, ISRO announced Oct. 8.
The agency’s plan includes 33 satellite missions and 25 launch vehicle mission.
The $7 billion investment from India’s Department of Space includes a mission to send an exclusive satellite to Moon and Mars to deploy hundreds of transponders and keep a constant watch on India for the next five years.
ISRO also plans to launch its own version of the Global Positioning System through a seven-satellite constellation to form the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System.
Also in the works is a special Geo-Imaging satellite that aims to assist state authorities against natural disasters, floods, forest fires, and monitor India’s borders. The satellite will be stationed at a 36,000-kilometer orbit in order to maintain round-the-clock watch of the country.