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Science and Technology

Here we discuss, well, everything science! That includes research, new discoveries, applications of science in the world, science policy, Technology and innovation

Paras , Jul, 27 2016

ISRO's commercial arm Antrix Corporation shouldn't be allowed to involve in commercial ventures!


It may seem strange that when a government cancels a potentially scandalous contract in order to restrict possible losses to the exchequer, it still ends up paying. And yet, this exactly what is happening with the continuing fallout of the controversial Antrix-Devas deal. The first arbitration outcome saw the Indian government receiving a fine of Rs. 4,500 crore for unilaterally terminating the contract with Devas. The second, delivered a penalty of $1 billion.
It may seem strange that when a government cancels a potentially scandalous contract in order to restrict possible losses to the exchequer, it still ends up paying. And yet, this exactly what is happening with the continuing fallout of the controversial Antrix-Devas deal. The first arbitration outcome saw the Indian government receiving a fine of Rs. 4,500 crore for unilaterally terminating the contract with Devas. The second, delivered a penalty of $1 billion.

Ashok Kapoor , Jul, 27 2016


India is yet to develop a base resurgent enough to launch a satellite on commercial terms. For the Antrix Corp to grab international orders for building and launching satellites, the Government of India should increase funding to strengthen and expand the infrastructure good enough to accomplish commercial orders. On the other hand, China has a sound track record of building and launching communications satellites on turnkey basis for the developing countries including Pakistan, Nigeria and Venezuela. CGWIC has also signed satellite and ground systems export contracts with Bolivia and Laos. And recently it has launched a satellite for Bolivia. China, which already boasts of three land locked launch centers, is now close to commissioning its new ultra modern coastal launch complex at Hainan Island which also happens to be the epicenter of the massive Chinese naval build up. This launch station, besides helping China launch its heavier class launch vehicles, would help attract more international customers for its commercial space launch enterprise. In contrast, India boasts of a solitary launch complex in Sriharikota Island on the eastern coast of the country. Though for quite some time there have been reports to suggest that ISRO is looking at setting up a second launch centre, concrete, ground level action to realize this seems to be lacking. A single operational launch pad makes for a poor strategic sense from the operational point of view.
India is yet to develop a base resurgent enough to launch a satellite on commercial terms. For the Antrix Corp to grab international orders for building and launching satellites, the Government of India should increase funding to strengthen and expand the infrastructure good enough to accomplish com


Suhani , Jul, 27 2016


Antrix Corporation is the commercial arm of the ISRO, has been marketing the Indian space products and services in the global market. Till now 51 foreign satellites out of 84 total satellites has been launched including the recent 4 small satellites of US through ASTROSAT launch. Whenever a foreign nation wants to launch its own satellites through ISRO, it is being managed by Antrix corporation as well as spectrum distribution is also being conducted by Antrix only to telecom operators, TV channels houses. Since 1994 foreign satellites are being launched by ISRO and some are in line to be launched. According to ISRO chairman coming December will be the commercial launch from ISRO. This statement indicate that slowly but steadily ISRO is including more no. of foreign satellites into its launch turning it into a commercial spot. Now we see two to three launches a year as compared to earlier period which requires huge and huge sum to be invested. Launching some foreign satellites with indigenous one would be profitable as well as improves our image in foreign countries. In recent past our relations with Russia , EU and pacific countries has tremendously increased with these type of launches. And announcement by PM to launch SAARC- satellites is again an indicator which shows that commercial launch is two way beneficial programme for country. But it should be kept in mind that commercial launch is only a sub-head programme under main launch programme. It should not hamper the true motive of ISRO to take country to newer heights in Space Programmes. If the true intention is not hampered, commercial ventures should be allowed.
Antrix Corporation is the commercial arm of the ISRO, has been marketing the Indian space products and services in the global market. Till now 51 foreign satellites out of 84 total satellites has been launched including the recent 4 small satellites of US through ASTROSAT launch. Whenever a foreign


Shrinivas , Jul, 27 2016


Is the sanctity of a Sovereign state more sacred than that of a bunch of shareholders of a company whether foreign or national? Didnt the Govt of India take the decision to annul the deal in the interest of the countrys people and their hard earned money? If the answer is yes, then how come the people of India would now be asked to shell out 1 billion dollars as punishment for the annulment? The US went into an illegal War against Iraq with UK but nobody is being asked to pay the people of Iraq any compensation whatsoever despite the galactic loss of lives and landscape of that country, something not going to be set right for at least a century from now. The whole international legal system is flawed and wholly tilted in favour of the West or the advanced world. By nodding its approval with glee in all fora India has walked into the trap and is now having to pay for ratifying such discriminatory laws. Look at China, it has rejected with power the South China Sea Hague judgment
Is the sanctity of a Sovereign state more sacred than that of a bunch of shareholders of a company whether foreign or national? Didnt the Govt of India take the decision to annul the deal in the interest of the countrys people and their hard earned money? If the answer is yes, then how come the peop


Saara , Jul, 27 2016


Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL), incorporated under the Companies Act in 1992 is a wholly owned Government of India Company, under the administrative control of Department of Space (DOS). ACL is the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); and, responsible for promotion and commercial exploitation of the products and services emanating from the Indian Space Programme.In the year 2008, the Company was awarded MINIRATNA status. Antrix corporation has successfully launched several satellites of different countries in past. It also supply reliable satellite systems and sub-systems. Isro should definitely be allowed to involve in commercial ventures. It is good for ISRO and India. For so many year we have been making investments to master the space technology. It is time to make maximum use of that gain. In a way this will help ISRO to fund the project of their own rather than depending on government for the fund. Obviously government should have the strategic control over ISRO.
Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL), incorporated under the Companies Act in 1992 is a wholly owned Government of India Company, under the administrative control of Department of Space (DOS). ACL is the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); and, responsible for promotion and comm