Functions of “NSIL | New Space India Limited”

What is the news?

The government clarified the mandate of the New Space India Limited(NSIL) to the Rajya Sabha. It was in response to a query by the Standing Committee on Science and Technology on whether NSIL would replace ISRO.

What will be the role of ISRO?
  • ISRO would be in charge of projects linked to “national security and advanced technology” — like the forthcoming Chandrayaan 2 mission and the Gaganyaan mission that plans to send Indian cosmonauts into space.
  • However, the bulk of commercial activities would increasingly be handled by New Space India Limited (NSIL).
About New Space India Limited(NSIL):

NSIL was established in 2019. It is a completely Govt. owned  Undertaking / CPSE. It is under the administrative control of the Department of Space (DOS).

  • Objective: To commercially exploit the research and development work of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • Mandate:
    • Owning satellites for Earth Observation and Communication applications and providing space-based services
    • Building satellites and launching them as per demand
    • Providing Launch Services for satellite belonging to the customer
    • Building launch vehicles through Indian Industry and launch as per satellite customer requirement
    • Space based Services related to Earth Observation and Communication satellites on a commercial basis
    • Satellite building through Indian Industry
    • Technology Transfer to Indian Industry

Source: The Hindu

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