India’s NSIL is working with the private sector to increase production of LVM3

NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has invited potential bidders from the private sector to participate in the end-to-end implementation of the LVM3 heavy payload launcher under the public procurement framework of Private Partnership (PPP) Framework.

The move is in line with the space sector reforms announced by the Center in June 2020 aimed at increasing private sector participation in space-related activities.

NSIL seeks to collaborate with Indian industries to leverage their knowledge and capabilities in scaling up LVM3 production.

The main goal of this initiative is to capture a slice of the global commissioning services market. Market assessments have shown growing demand for launching communications satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) and satellites for mega-constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).


With seven successful launches under its belt, LVM3 has great potential to meet the needs of this niche global market.

In 2023, the LVM3 satellite entered the global commercial launch services market, successfully launching 72 satellites for OneWeb in the UK on two missions from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC), SHAR.

The NSIL RFP process will involve technical qualification and shortlisting of a number of Indian industry partners. These partners will then be invited to submit investment and financing proposals through a request for proposals (RFP).

Ultimately, one Indian industry partner will be selected to collaborate with NSIL in implementing the LVM3 production program.

This initiative builds on NSIL’s earlier collaboration with “HAL and L&T consortiums” in 2022 to build five Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLVs). This collaboration marked the Indian industry’s transition from a supplier role to taking on greater responsibility for the overall integration of launch vehicle systems.

Posted by:

Sibu Kumar Tripati


May 10, 2024