Space collaborations between India and US are taking on a new shape. While there is already a joint working group of Nasa and Isro on Mars, the space agency is now preparing itself to launch the first satellite of a US based company from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Skybox Imaging is a Silicon Valley based private company providing commercial high-resolution satellite imagery, high-definition video and analytics services. The company had last year been brought by Google. Sky Box had entered into an agreement with Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Isro to launch the 120-kg satellite
Shar director Dr M.Y.S. Prasad told HT that the company had approached them to launch one of its satellites. " The company has plans to launch 180 micro satellites in orbits. The satellite that we will launch will be a co-passenger with a main satellite. "
Google is keen on using the high resolution pictures from this satellite for earth imaging.
Irso is also preparing to launch 4 medium size and 3 small size satellites of Singapore. The next domestic launch of Isro-IRNS -ID is planned in mid March this year. Two more of the IRNS series are slated to be launched this year--the completion of which will enable India to have its own GPS system.