The Indian Space Research Organization has acquired land for the proposed rocket launch site in Tamil Nadu where a launch pad would be installed, the head of the space agency said on Sunday.
ISRO Chairman S Somanath said the space agency is currently consolidating land at Kulasekarapatnam in Thoothukudi district, about 650 kilometers from here.
“The second launch site is at Kulasekarapatnam (in Tamil Nadu), we have already acquired the land. Currently we are consolidating the ground to make sure everything is inside our boundary wall,” he told reporters here after the successful launch of 36 satellites aboard the LVM3-M2 mission. /OneWebIndia-1.
ISRO has planned to set up a second launch site and has identified the coastal city of Tamil Nadu to undertake missions requiring small satellite launchers compared to the one in Sriharikota which is currently used for missions undertaken by the space agency.
“The launch pad design is ready. Once the land is under our control in terms of protection like security, we will start construction,” the president said.
All construction activity should take place in two years, he said in response to a question.
Regarding the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission, Somanath said the space agency is considering a launch window of June-July 2023.
Apart from the successful launch of the 36 satellites, the press conference also turned into a jubilant atmosphere as it was a double treat for ISRO scientists and members of Network Access Associated Limited (OneWeb) Ltd, since the October 23 marks the birthday of Sunil Bharti Mittal, the president of Bharti Enterprises.
Bharti Enterprises is one of the main investors and shareholders of OneWeb Ltd.
Somanath and a host of executives including NewSpace India Chairman and CEO Dr Radhakrishnan sent birthday wishes to Mittal on the occasion.
Mittal, who arrived at the spaceport on Saturday to witness the launch, took time to observe the launch pads, the LVM3-M2 rocket and also took photos of himself with Somanath at Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota.
“Excited to be at #SHAR (Sriharikota). A historic moment for India, a proud day for me and a very important mission for OneWeb,” Bharti Airtel’s official account said in a microblogging site.
Commenting on Sunday’s successful mission, Mittal, who is also the Executive Chairman of OneWeb, said, “Today’s launch is an important milestone for OneWeb.” “This new phase of our India launch program brings us closer to not only improving our global coverage, but also bringing connectivity to India and South Asia, especially to the communities that need it most” , did he declare.
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