ISRO set to launch first privately built satellite tomorrow

[Excerpt] India could see its first privately built satellite in space this week as Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) gears up for a launch to boost its Navic fleet.

A consortium of mid- and smallsized firms led by Bengaluru-based aerospace firm Alpha Design Technologies has built IRNSS-1L, the backup navigation satellite with a new atomic clock, under the watchful eyes of Isro. It is also the first satellite to be built at a special Isro facility for private firms.

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