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Indian Space scientists designing new Rockets to host Heavy Satellites Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Friday, 26 August 2011
New Delhi: Indian Space scientists are designing a new genre of rockets and their variants to host heavy satellites into space. The rocket is named Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicle-Mark-III with capability to launch 4 tonnes class communication satellites into geo-stationary transfer orbit.

In the area of Air-Breathing technology, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully conducted the flight-testing of its advanced high performance sounding rocket, fitted with passive scramjet engine combustor module.It is planned to carry out the flight testing of the active scramjet engine combustor module, fitted to the sounding rocket during 2012-13.

Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched 22 foreign satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shriharikota using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).These satellites belonged to Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. About Rs 125 crore has been paid for these services.

A ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP) has been initiated to obtain the responses from interested foreign satellite operators for leasing setallites with transponders working in Ku and C-band frequencies.

At present Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has 187 transponders from 9 Indian communication satellites including transponders of G-SAT-12. It has taken 86.5 transponders on lease basis, from foreign operators through Antrix Corporation Limited.

It has been planned to increase the transponder capacity by building and launching communication satellite GSAT-9, GSAT-10 and GSAT-11.

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