US policy on India’s rockets: Dead man walking

by Peter B. de Selding

India's PSLV C-37 mission lifts off on Feb. 15 carrying 104 satellites, a record, including 96 satellites from two U.S. commercial fleet operators. U.S. companies need secure a waiver to existing government policy to launch on India's rocket. This wasn't the first such waiver. Credit: DD Television screenshot via Youtube.


PARIS — The successful launch Feb. 15 of India’s PSLV rocket carrying 104 satellites testifies to the vehicle’s increasing flexibility and a much-needed provider of launch services for owners of very small satellites for commercial companies and research organizations . . .

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