India's space agency will tap startups to develop food and medicines for astronauts, better tools to access machines in a spacecraft and green engines for its maiden humanspace flight Gaganyaan-1.
Amid lockdown, ISRO has identified a set of 17 technologies that to develop locally at lower costs for use in its Gaganyaan missions. ISRO has opened up its facilities to companies like Larson & Toubro and HAL to build its polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV).
“This opens up opportunities for new types of companies to come up in India,” said Awais Ahmed, founder and CEO of Pixxel, a homegrown startup that is building India’s first private remote sensing satellite fleet. “There will be Indian startups doing biological experiments, private habitats in space and robotic arms that will benefit.”
The space agency has already indicated that it was looking at several humanspace flight missions, housing a space station and eventually aim to send human beings to the moon. It has set up a small group to do a feasibility study for a manned mission to the moon.