Nearly a third of India’s space budget, or 23.1 rupees, will go to ISRO’s launch vehicle program.
The second biggest budget allotment, 12.2 billion rupees, will go to the Indian National Satellite System, a series of multipurpose geostationary satellites hosting telecommunications, broadcasting, meteorology and search and rescue payloads.
India’s remaining space budget for the year ahead comprises:
12 billion rupees for Satellite Technology;
7.6 billion rupees for Space Applications;
5.6 billion rupees for Launch Support, Tracking Network and Range Facility;
4.72 billion rupees for Space Sciences;
1.9 billion rupees for miscellaneous other program.
Some 1 billion rupees of the new funding will go to the Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology for training future ISRO scientists and engineers, and another 1.5 billion rupees is earmarked for the development of a semi-cryogenic engine that will burn kerosene fuel instead of liquid hydrogen.
The budget also includes 1.25 billion rupees for the Mars Orbiter Mission that ISRO intends to launch in November 2013 aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.