India hails rocket 'cheaper than Hollywood film Gravity'

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in the town of Sriharikota, easte
A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in the town of Sriharikota, eastern India on June 30, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed India's low-cost space technology on Monday, saying a rocket which launched four foreign satellites into orbit had cost less to make than the Hollywood film "Gravity."

India's domestically-produced Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off Monday morning from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, carrying satellites from France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.

"India has the potential to be the launch service provider of the world and must work towards this goal," Modi said from the site one month after coming to power at the head of a right-wing government.

Satellite launch industry revenues totalled $2.2 billion in 2012, according to the US Satellite Industry Association, and India is keen to expand its modest share of this market as a low-cost provider.

"I have heard about the film Gravity. I am told the cost of sending an Indian rocket to space is less than the money invested in making the Hollywood movie," Modi added.

The budget of the British-American 3D sci-fi thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was about $100 million, according to industry website IMDb.

Last year, India launched a bid to become the first Asian nation to reach Mars with a mission whose price tag was the envy of space programmes world-wide.

In a photo released by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on June 30, 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) congratulate
In a photo released by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on June 30, 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) congratulates ISRO Chairman Dr. K Radhakrishnan after the successful launch of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in Sriharikota

The total cost at 4.5 billion rupees ($73 million) was less than a sixth of the $455 million earmarked for a Mars probe launched shortly afterwards by US space agency NASA.

Experts say the secret is India's ability to copy and adapt existing for its own needs, and the abundance of highly-skilled engineers who earn a fraction of their foreign counterparts' wages.

Modi said the country must be proud of its space programme, developed in the face of "great international pressure and hurdles".

Western sanctions on India after the nation staged a nuclear weapons test in 1974 gave a major thrust to the space programme because New Delhi needed to develop its own missile technology.


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Jul 01, 2014
It's amazing how economical and affordable many things become when you don't try to squeeze every last bit of _profit_ from them. :-)

Jul 01, 2014
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Jul 01, 2014
It's amazing how economical and affordable many things become when you don't rely upon US taxpayer funded government programs.

Jul 02, 2014
It's amazing how economical and affordable many things become when you don't try to squeeze every last bit of _profit_ from them. :-)

Naive comment. The article states India's prime motivation in this venture is to profit from it. The article goes on to describe why the cost is low. There's nothing about any magnanimous effort to reduce profit. Always a good idea to read articles before commenting on them.

Jul 02, 2014
The budget of the British-American 3D sci-fi thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was about $100 million, according to industry website IMDb.


Sandra Bollocks alone cost $20 million to the producers, up front, and George Clooney must've had similiar amounts. Nearly half of the budget was just because of the actors.

It's not that the Indian rocket is exceptionally cheap, but Hollywood films have gotten ridiculously expensive for no comprehensible reason.

A Falcon 9 costs $54 million to launch.

Jul 02, 2014
When Bollywood version of "Gravity" is going out? It is hard to imagine actors dancing and singing (given their desperate situation) but I'm looking forward to dancing stars, Earth, space station... and smaller freely floating objects.

Jul 06, 2014
It's not that the Indian rocket is exceptionally cheap, but Hollywood films have gotten ridiculously expensive for no comprehensible reason.

A Falcon 9 costs $54 million to launch.


Complicated.

As Cable and Satellite replaced broadcast television antennae, the cable companies realized they could make money on both ends, by charging both the advertising agencies and the consumer. Actors and athletes realized they could demand a bigger piece of the bigger pie, referring to themselves as "slaves" if they made a "mere" 8 million dollars per year to play a ball game, or a fake character on television or a movie (when it goes public on television). Consumers want to be entertained, but don't want to pay that high of a price, but nevertheless are unwilling to revolt against it.

Cable and satellite companies merged their technologies, so they can force consumers to pay for the entertainment services if they want to have telephone and internet...continued.


Jul 06, 2014
...continued...

This is why AT&T merged with Direct TV. By controlling both the internet side of things (through their DSL, the only service competing with Cable internet,) and the entertainment side of things through the leading Dish company, they are able to do the same "screwed either way you go" so-called "bundling" scheme that the Cable company does, which is deceptively presented as lowering prices, and for a few months they do give you a rate that is lower on the whole, but after a few months to two years, they increase rates to even higher than they were before you bundled....but the old company is out of business now, so you can't go back and you're stuck...

Meanwhile, much of this money ends up in the hands of entertainers who demand more and more of the share, and because CEO and stock holders of the information companies want to make 25% profit per year, instead of 10%, they just hike the prices again....

Jul 06, 2014
..continued.


You could left that part out Skippy. We all knew that already. What Cher? You think everybody just dying for more?

Jul 06, 2014
the information companies want to make 25% profit per year,


Well maybe we should all do what you apparently doing there Returnering-Skippy. Boycott the information companies and just make up stuff as we go along through the day.

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