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Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL), a wholly owned Government of India Company under Department of Space, has achieved significant progress in global marketing of space products and services. During the year, Antrix has realised further growth in revenues.

The global marketing of IRS data is being pursued in collaboration with its international partners and through a network of resellers around the globe. A reseller is being added for global distribution of data in China. Substantial efforts are devoted towards creating market for Resourcesat-2 and RISAT-1 data. The international ground station network for IRS now comprises of two stations for Resourcesat-1 and four stations for Cartosat-1 in different parts of the world. Antrix is in the process of expanding the IRS ground segment market outreach with the setting up of more stations outside India. Upgradation of stations is also being planned for receiving data from Resourcesat-2 and Cartosat series of satellites.

Antrix is awaiting for the launching of SPOT-7 satellite of France on board PSLV during 2014. Definite agreements have been entered for launching NLS 7.1, NLS 7.2, AISAT, LAPAN-A2, LAPAN ORARI and EnMap satellites. The outlook for commercial launches on PSLV is promising with many other proposals from international customers under active discussion and consideration.

In the transponder provisioning services, Antrix is supporting the ever increasing requirement of Indian users for supporting the Direct-to-Home, TV Broadcasting, Very Small Aperture Terminal and Digital Satellite News Gathering Services. Emerging opportunities, such as High Definition Television (HDTV) and 3DTV, have propelled the demand for satellite bandwidth, particularly, in the Direct to Home (DTH)-Ku-segment. Provisions are being made towards meeting the demand of new and existing customers. The company is in active dialogue with global satellite operators for alliances resulting in Antrix expanding its footprint in the international market.

In the mission support services area, several business initiatives for TTC support have progressed well. LEOP operations of Proba-V mission was supported under a commercial contract with M/s CNES, France. The capabilities in providing TTC support is well established and there is a steady enquiry from international customers for using our network of ground stations for meeting various mission requirements. As part of the long term framework agreement with an international customer, Antrix is gearing up to support Ka-band Transfer Orbit Support Service (TOSS) mission. Requests have been received from national and international customers for utilising our expertise for the establishment and operation of ground stations.

Industry delegations and high level officials from leading global space companies visited Antrix to discuss commercial projects of mutual interest.

In recognition of its efforts in the Sujala Watershed Development Programme, Antrix Corporation Limited has been awarded the “Tech Award 2013” by the Tech Museum of Innovation, California, USA.