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World’s launchpad

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully launched a record number of 104 satellites in the orbit.
Along with Indian payloads, ISRO’s workhorse PSLV carried satellites of USA (96), Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1) which had a combined weight of 1378 kg.

With this new world record, the number of foreign satellites launched by India’s cost-effective space programme went up to 209 from 28 countries. Antrix Corporation, ISRO’s commercial arm, was created to market Indian space products and services in global market. In the last two years, Antrix has managed to earn foreign exchange of USD 91 mn. 
ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission is the least expensive mission of its kind, and has completed two years in orbit.

  •  ISRO plans to build 2nd vehicle assembly building, leading to launch capabilities of at least 12 rockets per year


100% FDI is allowed in satellites-establishment and operation, subject to the sectoral guidelines of the Department of Space/ISRO, under the government route.

for more details refer FDI Policy 2017


  • World record of sending 104 satellites into space in a single mission
  • India’s space programme stands out as one of the most cost-effective in the world
  • India is among the top five nations in the field of space exploration

Industry Scenario

The Indian National Satellite (INSAT) system is one of the largest domestic communication satellite systems in Asia-Pacific region with nine operational communication satellites placed in Geo-stationary orbit.

The INSAT system with more than 200 transponders provides services to telecommunications, television broadcasting, satellite newsgathering, societal applications, weather forecasting, disaster warning and Search and Rescue operations. GSAT-17 joins the constellation of INSAT System consisting 15 operational satellites. ISRO has successfully launched 7 navigation satellites. 
Today, India has one of the largest constellations of remote sensing satellites in operation. Currently, thirteen operational satellites are in Sun-synchronous orbit.
ISRO has launched 7 small satellites mainly for the experimental purposes. This experiment include Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Studies, Payload Development, Orbit Controls, recovery technology among others
The small satellite project is envisaged to provide platform for stand-alone payloads for earth imaging and science missions within a quick turn around time.

Growth Drivers

  • India’s share of global R&D spend


  • India’s R&D investments share

    USD 71.4 bn

  • ISRO BE (2017-18)

    USD 1.4 bn

  • Spacecrafts in different orbital paths


Key policies

Policy framework for satellite communication in India

The fundamental aim of the Policy Frame-work for Satellite Communications in India approved by the Cabinet is to develop a healthy and thriving communications satellite and ground equipment industry as well as satellite communications service industry in India. Also, use and further development of the capabilities built in India in the area of satellites, launch vehicles and ground equipment design and sustaining these capabilities is an equally important aim. Making available the infrastructure built through INSAT to a larger segment of the economy and population is another corner stone of the Policy. Encouraging the private sector investment in the space industry in India and attracting foreign investments in this area are other specific goals. The norms, guidelines and procedures have been evolved so as to help reach these aims and goals.

FDI Facts

  • FDI allowed in satellites-establishment and operation

Recent Investments

  • November 2017 - India’s ISRO and Japan’s JAXA are joining forces for a lunar mission

Major Investors