Wednesday, September 21, 2005

ISRO to launch more satellites

DH News Service Bangalore:

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch 10 to 12 communication satellites into the geostationary orbit in the next four years with. Each satellite will cost about Rs 300 crore,

Announcing this at the inauguration of the Satellite Users’ Interference Reduction Group (SUIRG) 2005 Conference in Bangalore on Tuesday, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said that these satellites would increase the on-orbit transponder capacity and facilitate a number of services required by the nation.

ISRO’s INSAT system currently has eight satellites and 144 communication transponders in C, extended C, Ku, and S frequency bands. The new satellites are expected to add an additional 100 to 120 transponders.

Of the existing eight satellites, two are carrying meteorological payload and one is an exclusive meteorological satellite, he said.

According to Nair, there is a huge demand for transponders from DTH (Direct-to-Home) and VSAT sectors and for various other applications and there is a need to replace some of the old satellites.

Work on INSAT 4C has also begun, ISRO sources said, and Cartosat will be launched early next year.



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