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Antrix: A Quick Guide To ISRO’s Commercial Arm’s Nature, Services, & Position


The space industry in India has been lifting up with each passing year. Significant developments in space technology, the growing demands of a new international space race, and a skyrocketing increase in satellite launch capabilities of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are opening up broader skies for the Indian space industry. Satellites Launch Services like PSLV Launch Services and GSLV Launch Services, initiated by ISRO has helped India to get control over the global, high-tech space technology frameworks over the last couple of decades.

Right from mobile communications, search and rescue operations, disaster warning, and meteorological perceptions to tele-education, telemedicine, remote sensing, radio networking, and scientific investigations, the space technologies developed by ISRO like PSLV and GSLV have been playing a noteworthy part in different driving sectors ranging from medicine to agriculture. And the one, who with constant presence, support, innovation, and forward-looking approach has been helping ISRO to conduct all those Commercial Satellites Launch services with utmost proficiency, is none other than Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix).

An Overview Of Antrix

Antrix Corporation Limited was initiated on 28th September 1992. It is a fully owned company by the Government of India Company and is being administered under the control of Department of Space (DOS). Currently, Antrix is working as the commercial arm of ISRO and is helping ISRO to advertise and commercially promote the services and products radiated from the Indian Space Program.  Because of its excellent service and dedicated involvement in ISRO’s various projects; Antrix was honored with ‘MINIRATNA’ award in 2008.

Be it the project of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV Launch Services or Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV Launch Services; Antrix has been there to promote and commercially market the national Satellites Launch Services and Commercial Satellites Launch services of ISRO. Antrix, is the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has been associated with the Indian Space Programs since 1992 and is responsible for conducting various crucial tasks and assignments of ISRO related to Satellite Launch Services.

Current Services Of Antrix

Billions of dollars are being invested in several new space programs, offering high-speed satellite Internet connections for blanketing the world. And both ISRO and Antrix are uniquely placed to pull out the advantage of this leaping growth because the advanced nature of the project involving thousands of small yet advanced satellites positioned in the Low Earth Orbit or LEO. Currently, the Indian Government-owned Corporation Antrix is involved in a range of business activities of ISRO and some of them are:

  1. Offering communication satellite transponders to several end-users
  2. Delivering Satellite Launch Services for customer satellites
  3. Promoting and advertising resources and data from both the Indian and foreign remote sensing satellites in space
  4. Developing and marketing of commercial satellites and sub-systems of satellite as well
  5. Building ground infrastructure for various upcoming space applications
  6. Providing mission support services for various national Satellites Launch Services and Commercial Satellites Launch

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Antrix , PSLV , GSLV

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