Soon, desi solar cells to power satellites in space

Soon, desi solar cells to power satellites in space

Giving a big push to the Modi government’s Make-in-India programme, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has bought the technology for space solar cells from the US and will mass-produce them in the country with the help of the industry. Solar cells are needed to power a satellite in space and keep it functional till its lifespan.

Talking to TOI, Isro chairman K Sivan said here, “Till now, we have been procuring space cells from some US private companies for producing our satellites. Being a critical technology, imported cells cost us dear.”

Explaining the reason for the indigenisation of solar cells, the Isro chief said, “Currently, we are totally dependent on US imports for our satellites. Even now, we face import restrictions for buying these solar cells in bulk.

If due to some reasons, the import of the critical component stops, our satellite programme will come to a standstill. In order to reduce dependency on imports, we have decided to produce them here. Read More

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