India to launch 31 space missions in next 16 months, 50 satellites over next 3 years

India will be launching two space missions every month, with 31 launches slated to take place over the coming 16 months, a top official said on Sunday.

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“The space agency has a tight schedule ahead, as we are targeting nine launches over the next five months and 22 missions from February to December in 2019, aiming at two per month,” the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan told reporters here.

In all, ISRO is looking at 31 space missions in a span of 16 months starting September 2018 to December next year.

“We have also identified 50 satellites that will be launched over the coming three years,” Sivan said on the sidelines of an event here to unveil a statue (bust) of the father of India’s space programme, Vikram Sarabhai, on his 99th birth anniversary.

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