Govt to Launch Two Communications Satellites

IRNSS-1E, IRNSS-1F and IRNSS-1GThe government has plans to launch two communications satellites – GSAT-6 and GSAT-15 during 2015-16.

“In 2015-16, the government is planning to launch six more satellites. There are two communication satellites GSAT-6 & GSAT-15, three navigation satellites IRNSS-1E, IRNSS-1F and IRNSS-1G and one space science satellite ASTROSAT,” said Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS, prime minister’s office and minister of state, ministry of personnel, PG & pensions in Rajya Sabha.

In addition, it is also planning to launch 13 more satellites from four countries using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

As on April 2015, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched 74 satellites. Out of these, 7 satellites failed to reach the orbit due to launch failure and 3 satellites failed in orbit.

In addition, ISRO has successfully launched 40 foreign satellites from 19 countries and 4 micro and nano satellites built by students of Indian Universities using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Department of Space is already marketing remote sensing images from Indian Remote Sensing satellites in the global market through establishment of international ground stations and reseller network.

This information was given by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and , Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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