Operational Activities of ISRO Set to Move to NSIL, to Focus on R&D
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will transfer its operations to its commercial arm NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) and focus on research and development of advanced space technology in the coming years, its Chairman S Somanath said on Monday. . He said that ISRO over the years has focused on delivering government and public applications; create systems, and build, launch and operate satellites, provide communications, earth observation and navigation services.
Following the government’s instructions, all those activities will now be transferred to NSIL, which is also a central government company under the Department of Environment (DoS), Somanath said in his speech at the platinum jubilee celebrations of Raman Research. Institute (RRI) here.
“ISRO will focus on research and development of advanced technologies in this domain (space),” he said. “This will happen in the coming years.”
This means that the “connection” between ISRO and scientific organizations in the country must be increased to create research and development activities in space technology, said Somanath, who is the Secretary of the DoS.
He also emphasized that the changes in ISRO, following the changes in the space sector initiated by the government, will change the way the national space agency works with scientific institutions in the country in the field of research and collaboration. RRI Director Professor Tarun Souradeep said RRI, a premier institute founded by Nobel Laureate Sir CV Raman in 1948, is entering its 75th year of advancing research in the frontier areas of Physics under today’s research themes.