BENGALURU: India’s National Space Promotion and Licensing Center (IN-SPACe), India’s independent nodal agency set up to monitor and regulate private industry in the space sector, has issued its first two clearances.
bangalore Digantara and based in Hyderabad Dhruva Space became the first two private companies to receive clearance letters on Friday evening. The letters were delivered after the DeSSEI conference in Bangalore.
The two companies will launch their payloads as part of Isro’s PSLV-C53 mission, which is scheduled to launch on June 30.
While the mission’s main payloads will be three Singapore satellites as part of Space Food NewSpace India LimitedDigantara and Dhruva will launch their instruments on the PSLV Experimental Orbital Module (POEM) through which Isro proposes to demonstrate the use of the launcher’s worn upper stage as a stabilized platform for science payloads.
Digantara CEO Anirudh Sharma told STOI: “We are going to launch a weather satellite. We intend to solve the dearth of empirical space weather data through our patented technology, ROBI (ROBust Integrating proton fluence meter), The world’s smallest digital space weather sensor. What makes ROBI special is that it is extremely small, less than 1cm and consumes less than 20mW of power.”
A senior IN-SPACe official said, “Dhruva will test its satellite deployment technology, which it plans to use in the future to deploy CubeSats.”
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