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Friday, September 7, 2007

ISRO aims world Market

24 hours news .INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION (ISRO) on Sunday sent into orbit a rocket shipping the substitute for a communications satellite shattered last year, raising its hopes of competing for worldwide satellite launch trade. The rocket sized 49-metre carrying the Insat-4CR satellite blasted off from the Sriharikota space station in southern India at 6:21 pm (1301 GMT) after a two-hour delay due to a technical malfunction. The huge satellite was weighing 2,130 kilograms and to allow digital transmission on each at the same time by several video and audio networks, the satellite is prepared with 12 wideband channels known as transponders.

India's aims to grab a segment of the 2.5-billion-dollar heavy satellite launch industry as well as meet its own successful telecommunications demand, Sunday's launch was very critical. After the earlier failed attempt of the GSLV, the fifth launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket (GSLV) was very nervousness driven.

Its assurance additional boosted after a successful satellite launch on Sunday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it was targeting 5-10 per cent of the global satellite launch market. ISRO could offer very cutthroat satellite launch rates, almost 40 per cent cheaper than the existing rates. In the small satellite launch marketplace ISRO's rates are lower by 20 per cent.

Mapping of natural resources and prediction of the weather to help farmers and the rural poor people is nicely accomplished by these geosynchronous satellites that have been used for years. But India has recently moved towards commercial exploitation of space technology.

ISRO not only earns handsome revenue from the launching of the satellite but also from the telecom and broadcast companies who use its transponders.

Bad weather conditions in the days leading up to the launch, a faulty vent value in the cryogenic stage that put on hold the flight by two hours and the absence of signals for a few seconds after the rocket's launch gave ISRO scientists tense moments over the Rs 300-crore mission's success.

In the way towards the progress of ISRO's moon mission, construction work for the Chandrayaan satellite centre and the ground station had started. ISRO was planning two more launches using the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) in the near future. ISRO is progressing well in its target of four rocket launches a year, this shall be a huge revenue earner.

With its successful launch of the geosynchronous satellite named INSAT-4CR, India is targeting the global market in the satellite launch business and is pretty confident to get ample orders to fill its order book, because of competitive rates and advanced technology.

More ISRO News Facts

BANGALORE: Indian communication satellite INSAT-4CR, launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday by a Geosychronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-FO4), will be commissioned in a month's time, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the second meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) here, he said, ''Tomorrow we will carry out the first orbit rising process and within a month the satellite will be operational.''

The first orbit raising manoeuvre was successfully carried out by firing 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor on board the satellite for a duration of 27 minutes by commanding the satellite from Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka, he said.

The satellite had been put to a perigee (nearest point to earth) at 2,983 km and apogee (the farthest point to earth) to 30,702 km. The inclination of the orbit with respect to the equatorial plane had been reduced to 11.1 degree, Nair said.

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