US-based satellite rideshare and mission
management provider Spaceflight has signed a deal with New Space India Ltd
(NSIL) for payload slot on the first commercial launch of Small Satellite
Launch Vehicle (SSLV).
The SSLV has been developed by ISRO. Its first
flight is expected to take place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in late
SSLV rockets are capable of putting a payload of
500 kg to mid-inclination Low Earth Orbit (LEO). It can also put a payload of 300
kg to Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO)
NSIL is a recently established commercial
subsidiary of the ISRO. It is under the administrative control of Department of
The NSIL has been set up to meet the increasing
demands of Indian space programmes and to commercially exploit the emerging
global space market.
The main functions of NSIL are: a) Manufacture
of Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) in collaboration with Private Sector,
b) production of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) through Indian Industry,
c) production and marketing of Space based products and services, including
launch and application, d) Transfer of technology developed by ISRO Centres and
constituent units of DOS and e) Marketing spin-off technologies and
products/services, both in India and abroad.
NSIL is the second commercial entity of the
Department of Space (DoS) after Antrix Corporation Limited which was set up in
1992. Antrix was established to market the products and services of the ISRO.