The Indian government considers privatization

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The competition heats up: The Indian space agency, ISRO, is discussing with private companies ways in which it might privatize its smaller and successful rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

In order to step up the launch capacity within the country, ISRO is in the process of exploring the possibility of involving Indian industry in a greater role to meet the increased national requirements and possible commercial demand for launch services. Discussions are being held with the Indian industry towards formulating a plan and strategy to enhance the capacity as well as capability of managing the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) programme on an end to end basis.

The sense I get from this ISRO announcement is that the government is taking the lead, trying to drag the private companies forward to take over. I also sense that both the private companies as well as ISRO are at the moment are somewhat uninterested in doing it. Neither impression is stated anywhere in this announcement and are merely my personal impressions, based literally on no inside information, which of course means I could be very wrong.

One comment

  • Tom Billings

    The impression of reluctance may be valid. If the current trends in Indian politics favored the shrinkage of the Babu State in the short to mid-term, then there might be more enthusiasm. However, in keeping with its strong nationalist stance, in the aerospace/defence sector the BJP has strong ties, and does little to disrupt the Babus’ hold there. INC is worse.

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