What is the Commercial Arm of ISRO? What is Commercial Use of Space? (Important) (Download PDF)


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Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully launched 209 foreign satellites from 29 countries under a commercial arrangement.

Image of Commercial Satellite Manufacturing in 2016

Image of Commercial Satellite Manufacturing in 2016

Image of Commercial Satellite Manufacturing in 2016

  • The names of the countries whose satellites have been successfully launched include

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Canada

  • Chile

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Italy

  • Indonesia

  • Israel

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan

  • Latvia

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Republic of Korea

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey

  • UAE

  • UK

  • USA

With Which Companies, is Antrix Assosciated?

Antrix Corporation Limited has enabled launches of satellites belonging to many companies of various countries under a commercial arrangement. Some of the companies with whom such commercial launch service arrangements were executed include

  • Airbus Defense & Space, France

  • Comdev Ltd, Canada

  • Space Flight Laboratories, Canada

  • Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), UK

  • ST Electronics, Singapore

  • Innovative Space Logistics, The Netherlands

  • Planet Inc, USA

  • Tyvak Inc, USA

  • Spaceflight Industries, USA.

    What is the Meaning of Commercial use of Space?

  • Commercial use of space is the provision of goods or services of commercial value by using equipment sent into Earth orbit or outer space.

  • Examples of the commercial use of space include

  1. Satellite navigation

  2. Satellite television

  3. Commercial Satellite imagery

What is the Revenue of Antrix?

During the last three years, starting from April 2014 till March 2017, Antrix has earned revenue of approx. 107 Million Euros and 4.5 Million USD in Foreign Exchange.

Which was the First Commercial Satellite?

  • The first commercial use of satellites was Telstar 1 satellite, launched in 1962,

  • It was the first privately sponsored space launch, funded by AT&T and Bell Telephone Laboratories.

  • Telstar 1 was capable of relaying television signals across the Atlantic Ocean

  • Telstar was also the first satellite to transmit live television, telephone, fax, and other data signals.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 5, 2018


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