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European Space Agency looks India as an option for its space mission after losing access to Russia

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: The European Space Agency (ESA) has been eyeing India as an option to launch its missions into space after it lost access to Russian Soyuz launch vehicles.

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“I would say there are two and a half options that we’re discussing. One is SpaceX, that is clear. Another one is possibly Japan. It is waiting for the inaugural flight of its next-generation rocket. Another option could be India, “ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher said.

Due to a breakdown in communication, Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, has left the agency in a precarious position. After the deterioration in relations between the West and Russia due to President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. Therefore, several missions, including a joint Mars project with Russia, have been delayed.

Aschbacher stated that while the discussions are still exploratory, SpaceX is the more operational of the two and unquestionably one of the backup launches they are considering. It has been in a perfect position to take advantage of the Russian fallout with the West.

India an option

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), which boasts a flawless launch rate with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), has garnered international notice and is currently serving the on-demand launch business. While the PSLV is still a reliable choice, the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), the company’s most recent model, is also being considered.

The Indian space agency has stated that the launch was seamless, met the established criteria, and demonstrated the functionality of all the new systems, despite the fact that SSLV’s first demonstration flight failed to place the satellites into orbit. The agency is in the process of carrying out two additional demonstration missions before starting passenger services.

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