Answer (1 of 3): Please see below the RTI reply from ISRO about Mangalyaan costs 1) Please provide details on the cost…www.quora.com
I assume this is what you’re referring to when you’re talking about MOM’s deflated budget. If you are, you’d also be aware that it’s nigh impossible to determine an actual cost taking all employee salaries and government subsidies into account. Please feel comfortable to add the exorbitant salaries we seem to be raking in and how much of a budget difference it would result in. As I have already described, we are a frugal space agency out of compulsion and have tailored our output accordingly.
You have sidestepped my factual point about us being successful at creating tangible innovation in this environment. Would you rather have us ask for resources that aren’t available?
Since we’re on the topic of factual counters, I have to point out more discrepancies. These points are as per your original article.
Point 1: We are developing our own buses for our next generation of nanosatellites, and modifying our components to fit on the existing Cubesat bus. We came late to this party, we’re still playing catch-up, but we’ll get there soon.
Point 2: While we don’t know if the PSLV is competitive, our manufacturing facilities are, so much so that JPL decided to partner with us for NISAR to defray their costs of making large antennae. And to the best of your knowledge, you don’t know about our RLV-TD program, which has had a aerodynamic test launch so far. Its explicit purpose is to reduce launch costs by reusing the satellite injectors, not the rocket stages.
Point 3: I don’t disagree.
Point 4: GSLV Mk III is undergoing more tests for its cryogenic engines and will be ready soon. It doesn’t boast a large geostationary payload capacity like an Ariane, but it can deliver 4K buses just fine. 10 launches in a calendar year is not sufficient to serve an economy like India and we’re trying to push that number with the help of private contractors who have taken up less stringent manufacturing and assembly jobs. I have already countered your moonshot point earlier. Our monopoly on commercial payloads won’t last long, so we’ll witness the effects of market forces soon enough. I’m a rocket scientist, not an economist, so I can’t comment on what will happen. We’re still on track for our upcoming scientific missions.
Point 5: I don’t disagree. In fact, this is the only point I wholeheartedly agree with. It actually brought a smile to my face.
Again, to reiterate my original point, please raise a ruckus and ask any number of myriad questions you have. But please make them pertinent so that we can effect real change.