India is setting up ambitious plans in space research sector as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is looking up for a tight schedule of undertaking space missions with two mission launches each month.

Considered to be on of the best space research organisations across the world, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has managed itself a reputable recognition with benchmark space missions. Perhaps, the Indian space agency is looking forward to a tight schedule as it is on the brisk of launching around two space missions per month for a period of next 16 months. With a total of 31 space missions yet to be launched, ISRO has a tight schedule ahead from February to December in 2019. ISRO has also identified 50 satellites to be launched in the period of coming three years.

The purpose of launching a bundle of advanced satellites into the space is to be able to carry out earth observation, ocean mapping etc and be independent in terms of space research. In what will be a first-of-its-kind initiative, ISRO will also carry out a test flight of the new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) rocket in June-July next year. The SSLV will be an on-demand launcher, requiring minimum infrastructure, and can be readied for launch within 72 hours, as against a PSLV rocket which requires 45-60 days before the launch.

ISRO will test the re-usability of a rocket by testing its landing capacity and outsource the making of PSLV rockets to Indian industry by next year. Furthermore, ISRO is also planning to organize a student satellite programme next year, which will aim to invite students to build their own satellites to be launched by ISRO. While there are so many developments awaiting for ISRO, the star of the show, however, remains to be the “Chandrayaan-2” lunar mission that is to be launched on January 3, 2019 – after over a decade of its first mission in 2008.

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