Aerospace engineering co Aequs to set up Rs. 500-cr facility in Goa

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Feb 17, 2017

Bengaluru: Aerospace precision engineering and manufacturing company Aequs announced at Aero India 2017 that it is setting a dedicated facility for Indian defence production in Goa.The company’s multi capability aerospace and defence manufacturing facility will come up at Tuem, Goa.

Aequs, which entered into the defence manufacturing business in 2013, has been actively looking for opportunities to partner with many India’s R&D organisations and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).Since then, Aequs has been working with HAL on machined structural parts for various platforms, including Light Combat Aircraft, Sukhoi 30MKI, ALH, among others.

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Global aerospace firms use tie-ups to tap India market

images.jpgSource: Business Standard, Feb 16, 2017

Bengaluru: Joseph Weiss, president of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI), is bullish on India. His company is developing the medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and it has been expanding business.At AeroIndia 2017 here, he signed a term sheet for a joint venture with Kalyani Strategic Systems, part of the Pune-based auto component maker Kalyani Group that is building a strong defence business. “We will transfer technology to build these products for India,” said Weiss, who has similar ventures with Tata Advanced Material and Bengaluru-based Alpha Design. On Wednesday, Weiss also signed a contract with Dynamatics Technologies to build mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the armed forces.

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ISRO sends record 104 satellites in one go, becomes the first to do so

index.jpgSource: The Economic Times, Feb 15, 2017

Indian Space Research Organisation orISRO today created a world record in the space arena by sending 104 satellites in a single rocket.

The space agency’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission, took off in the morning, at 9.28 am, today, from Sriharikota space centre with the 104 satellites belonging to international customers.

“This is a significant step for India. This entire launch will last for 28 minutes…It is a four stage mission. The first satellite will go in the 17 th minute followed soon by two nano satellites by India. Later 96 satellites will be placed in their orbits,” said Ajay Lele of ISRO.
The first to be let off was India’s high resolution Cartosat-2 series satellite made especially to monitor activities of India’s hostile neighbours at a resolution of less than a metre keeping a bird’s eye view on both Pakistan and China.

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Isro will outsource satellite making to private consortium

index.jpgSource: Business Standard, Dec 08, 2016

Chennai: India’s space agency will outsource the manufacture of two navigation satellites, Navic to a consortium of private firms, its first major attempt to share its expertise in satellite making technology that would potentially allow the country to emerge as a major global hub for producing satellites.

So far, firms such as Avasara Technologies, L&T and Godrej have supplied components and systems for the satellites that Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) builds to hurl into space.

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Isro plans to launch first privately built satellite by March

Source: Business Standard, Sept 05, 2016

Bengaluru: India’s space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), plans to launch a navigation satellite that it would build jointly with a private firm, by March next year, beginning a process to outsource satellite manufacturing and free its resources to focus on research and deep space missions.

Isro has received over 40 responses to a tender floated to invite private firms to jointly build a satellite and eventually transfer satellite-making technology for local and global needs.

The space agency plans to hand-hold vendors to jointly build, test and certify two navigation satellites that it would launch to join the fleet of seven Navic satellites already in space.

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ISRO to launch record 22 satellites on a single rocket

index.jpgSource:, Jun 17, 2016

New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be launching a record 22 satellites on a single rocket next week, thereby demonstrating their ability to compete with commercial space flight companies run by billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. It will be the biggest single launch by India, trailing Russia’s 33 satellites launch in 2014 and NASA’s 29 the year before. It will carry satellites from the US, India, Canada and Germany and will be launched from Sriharikota on June 20, 2016. Most of the satellites will observe and measure the earth’s atmosphere. However, it also includes an earth observation satellite to capture light invisible to the naked eye. Currently, India has about 35 satellites in orbit for broadcasting, navigation, scientific exploration and weather monitoring.

ISRO successfully launches India’s fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E

indexSource:, Jan 21, 2016

New Delhi:In its first launch this year, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) successfully put the IRNSS-1E in orbit using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-31. The 1,425 kg satellite was the fifth to be launched as part of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) which will consist of a constellation of seven satellites.

After the PSLV-C31 lift-off at 9:31am on Wednesday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and a flight of about 18 minutes 43 seconds, IRNSS-1E Satellite was injected to an elliptical orbit and successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage. Once in orbit, the solar panels of IRNSS-1E were deployed automatically so that it can be controlled by Isro’s Master Control Facility at Hassan, Karnataka.

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