Chennai: With a shortage of rockets to launch satellites, India with its LVM3 or GSLV Mk3 rocket now has a slot in the global commercial satellite launch market, said S Somanath, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He also said India is planning to ramp up production of the LVM3 rocket.
“There is a shortage of commercial satellite launch vehicles for putting into orbit multiple satellites to form a constellation. The Russian rockets are not in consideration now. Further the Ariane 6 rocket of Arianespace got delayed.
The commercial potential of Chinese rockets is not accepted by the West. Hence India has a slot now,” Somanath said.