According to recent reports shared by an official from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), under the Digital India initiative taken up by the government, a total of three more satellites will be launched by ISRO so as to provide high-speed bandwidth connectivity to rural areas in India.
After successfully launching two UK satellites by Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said, “The ISRO will launch three more satellites, which together will provide international level bandwidth speed.”
As in reports shared by Sivan, GSAT 19 has already been launched, while AGSAT 20, GSAT 11, and GSAT 29 are the satellites that are slated to be launched soon.
He has also confirmed that the space agency had planned multiple launches over the next six months. Additionally, he said that a rocket launch mission is in process in every second week.
Other than communication satellites, earth observation satellites will also be introduced by ISRO, as stated by Sivan. He told that the much expected moon mission will be taking place in next January.
Regarding the certifying agency for the rocket that would carry Indian astronauts, Sivan clarified that ISRO will be the certifying agency and the norms for certification will be formulated with the help of Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
ISRO is also trying to get expertise of other countries, and consequently India has recently put into orbit British earth observation satellites NovaSAR and S1-4 in copybook style. These two satellites are owned by Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK, and are believed to have generated revenue of over Rs 220 crore!