The Indian Space Research Organisation plans to set up an advanced R & D centre in the field of spacecraft technologies in Karnataka’s Chitradurga and rocket sub-systems integration facility near the spaceport of Sriharikota in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the space agency has got 530 acres of land in the science city in Chitradurga, where Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Defence Research and Development Organisation are also building their facilities.
“We are developing it (land in the science city) for advanced research and development centre in the area of spacecraft technologies”, he told a press conference here.
ISRO Satellite Centre Director T K Alex sait that with annual production of satellites on the rise at ISRO, the space agency finds that the Bangalore centre is not sufficient. ISRO wants to add new research and production capacities in Chitradurga campus which would be used for its activities in the area of advanced communication and remote sensing.
Radhakrishnan said ISRO, IISc, BARC and DRDO have decided to set up common facilities such as hospitals, schools and colleges in Chitradurga science city.
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