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ISRO is set to launch the 450kg Optimus spacecraft, Australia’s largest designed and built spacecraft, on its Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

  • This mission, named Space MAITRI (Mission for Australia-India’s Technology, Research, and Innovation), marks a significant collaboration between NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) and Australia’s Space Machines Company.
  • The mission underscores the strategic partnership between India and Australia, focusing on sustainable space exploration and debris management.
  • Space MAITRI aims to foster closer ties among commercial, institutional, and governmental space organizations from both countries in the space domain.