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A large portion of India's aerospace expertise remains within the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), but a commercial industry continues to be nurtured. ISRO created the Antrix Corporation in 1992 to market space and telecommunications products, and in the same year established a policy to promote the commercial procurement of space technology components rather than their manufacture within ISRO. Today, approximately 50% of the ISRO budget goes to Indian industry, although a subsequent portion may be used to purchase foreign equipment. Facilities construction and development are often provided by a separate Civil Engineering Division of the Department of Space (References 25, 29-30).


25. J. Fairall, "India's Global Aims", Space, January-February 1995, pp. 17-18.

29. A. Lawler, "ISRO Purchases Intended to Boost Commercial Space", Space News, 11-17 May 1992, p. 14.

30. V. Raghuvanshi, "India's Antrix Corp. Targets Technology Export Marked", Space News , 14-20 December 1992, p. 25.

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