Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), India’s leading private sector player for aerospace and defence solutions, and Satellogic, a major name in sub-meter resolution earth observation (EO) data collection, have announced a collaboration for establishing and developing local space technology capabilities in India.
This collaboration is described as a first step in TASL’s satellite strategy and a significant milestone for Satellogic as it enters the fast-growing Indian market.
The project will commence with comprehensive training, knowledge transfer, and local assembly of optical sub-meter resolution EO satellites, the first of which is planned to be launched as TSAT-1A. The focus will be on manufacturing satellites and developing imagery in India for national defence and commercial applications, towards which TASL is commissioning a satellite AIT plant at its Vemagal facility in Karnataka, a state in southwest India.
Sukaran Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, TASL, says: “Space is important to TASL not just as a business but also due to its culture of precision that will help other activities in TASL. We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Satellogic, a company with best-in-class technology and an entrepreneurial mindset. Additionally, TASL will also work with local SMEs for payloads and other technologies to bolster India content.”
TASL and Satellogic will collaborate on the development of a new satellite design and work together to integrate multiple payloads on a single satellite that will generate a diverse range of data over India.
“This collaboration will accelerate space capacity building for one of the largest nations in the world with the goal of enabling the advancement of commercial space capabilities and greater access to critical information for a range of applications such as security, sustainability, and energy,” says Emiliano Kargieman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Satellogic.