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Azista BST Aerospace Rolls Out Maiden Satellite From Its Mass Manufacturing Factory

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
Azista BST Aerospace
June 5, 2023
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Azista BST Aerospace Rolls Out Maiden Satellite From Its Mass Manufacturing Factory
Azista BST Aerospace
Azista BST Aerospace

Ahmedabad: Azista BST Aerospace, envisioning mass manufacturing of satellites built in India for the global market, will launch its first satellite ABA First Runner (AFR), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 12 th June 2023 as part of the Transporter 8 Mission.

Azista BST Aerospace has created a state-of-the-art 50,000-square-foot facility capable of supporting the production of 2 satellites per week. The first satellite, AFR, is an 80kg satellite built on a modular bus platform and hosts a wide-swath optical remote sensing payload with both panchromatic and multispectral imaging capabilities. AFR represents the first satellite of its size and performance built by the private space industry in India, capable of supporting various critical applications for civilian and defense purposes.

Azista BST Aerospace is committed to India’s drive towards Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives. Managing Director Srinivas Reddy Male said,”The launch of AFR marks an exciting beginning to support the realization of satellite constellations for various applications. Our factory in Ahmedabad is already geared up to produce 10 of these satellites in 2024. We are grateful for the support from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Indian National Space Authorization Center (IN- SPACe), and the Indian Space Association (ISpA) to help us achieve this major milestone.”

Director Sunil Indurti stated,”Azista BST Aerospace invites researchers and organizations interested in exploring the use of fresh satellite data for various geospatial applications to get in touch with us and take advantage of this exciting opportunity.”

Azista BST Aerospace is already in the process of realizing the next set of satellites to demonstrate its capabilities with versatile payloads with its modular satellite buses. Several of these satellites will be launched within the next 12-24 months to establish space heritage and solidify vertically integrated production capabilities from India.

About Azista BST Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (ABA)

Azista BST Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (ABA) is a joint venture between Azista Industries Pvt. Ltd. and Berlin Space Technologies GmbH. ABA owns and operates a factory in Ahmedabad, India, for manufacturing small satellites in India for the global market.

ABA’s installed annual production capacity of 100 microsatellites makes it the largest satellite manufacturing facility in India. The company operates a 50,000-square-foot facility with state-of-the-art infrastructure to develop and manufacture highly reliable space systems.

For further information, partnership opportunities, or media inquiries, please contact:

Bharath Simha Reddy P
Business Development Manager
Azista BST Aerospace Pvt Ltd
+91 89779 27765

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