ISRO Contract Gives Ruag a Foothold in India

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Ruag Space’s Austrian division, in what it said could be a breakthrough contract in India, will provide the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with hardware to hold satellites in place during ground testing, Vienna-based Ruag announced July 18.

Under the contract, the value of which was not disclosed, Ruag will deliver, before the end of the year, a reusable satellite clamp band to ISRO, which is India’s space agency and is also prime contractor for most of India’s satellites.

“Thanks to intensive marketing efforts on the Asian continent … Ruag Space has finally brought home its first contract from ISRO,” Ruag said in a statement. “Following initial successes in China and Japan, this new Indian contract has enabled the country to penetrate yet another major Asian market.”

Ruag is one of numerous European space hardware companies that are attempting to establish beachheads outside Europe, where government space budgets are expected to remain flat in the coming years.