Isro plans to launch Insat-1A in November

MUMBAI: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madhavan Nair has said that the Insat-1A will be launched on 14 November from the second launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Media reports inidcate that Insat - 1A will facilitate Direct To Home (DTH) service of the Indian Boardcasting Service. The Insat-1A system had earlier been envisaged with a space segment comprising two multi-purpose satellites, each providing two high power TV broadcast and twelve telecommunications national coverage transponders, in addition to also providing meteorological services. The Insat-1A was launched by US Delta in April 1982 but was abandoned in September 1983 when its attitude control propellant was exhausted.

The last satellite in the Insat series to be launched was Insat-3E. Launched a couple of years ago it is an exclusive communication satellite to further augment the communication services that are being provided by the Insat System.

Commissioned in 1983, Isro claims that Insat is the largest domestic communication satellite system in the Asia-Pacific region.

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