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ISRO plans to launch Azadisat and 75 student satellites this year to coincide with 75th year of Independence

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  • ISRO plans to launch Azadisat and 75 student satellites this year
  • The launch is being planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence
  • The minister said over 55 start-ups have registered with ISRO

ISRO plans to launch Azadisat and 75 student satellites this year to coincide with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

ISRO chairman S Somnath said this during a joint meeting of science departments and ministries chaired by Science & Technology Minister Jitendra Singh.

The minister said over 55 start-ups have registered with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in just about two years since the space sector was opened for private firms.

Singh said out of 55 proposals, 29 are satellite-related, 10 for space applications and products, eight related to launch vehicles and eight about ground systems and research.

He said nine proposals from the start-ups are expected to be completed by 2022-23.

According to Singh, priority implementation of S&T solutions to 204 odd problems from 38 Line Ministries received for scientific applications and technological solutions by all the six S&T departments coordinated by CSIR.

He said inputs have been received on areas of participation from all departments, while Department of Biotechnology and ISRO have submitted their preference for leading in solution development/deployment for few challenges.

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