New Delhi: Australian-Indian in-space servicing arm Space Machines Company has signed a launch service agreement with Isro’s commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) for the launch of second Optimus spacecraft weighing 450kg, the largest Australian-designed and-built spacecraft so far, reports Surendra Singh.
Slated for a launch on board NSIL’s new mini rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle in 2026, this mission, named Space MAITRI (Mission for Australia-India’s Technology, Research and Innovation), will mark a defining moment for both nations in the area of space collaboration.The mission will address the problem of increasing levels of space debris around Earth.
Space MAITRI is assisted by an $8.5 million grant from the Australian Space Agency, and is part of the ISI India Projects program. At the India Space Congress 2024 held in Delhi, Rajat Kulshrestha, CEO and co-founder of Space Machines Company, and NSIL CMD Radhakrishnan Durairaj formally announced the signing of the agreement.

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