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Satellite requirements for next decade being analysed: Jitendra Singh

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NEW DELHI: An expert committee has been constituted by the Government to carry out detailed analysis considering the launch requirements of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the next decade, keeping in view that a number of countries have requested India to launch their satellites.

The committee will also study the azimuth corridor for flight path, impact points of spent stages, safety zones and mission requirements. The report of the committee is expected to be finalised by October this year. 

ISRO has two satellite launch pads at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, which is the main spaceport of the country. These launch pads have been built with state-of-the-art technology and also are designed and built to withstand cyclones. 

Meanwhile in reply to another question in Parliament today, Department of Space Minister Jitendra Singh said the GSAT-12 satellite launched on 15 July 2011 is providing linkage for the telemedicine network to the extent of supporting 384 telemedicine centers in the country. 

It is thus carrying out a part of the work that had been assigned for a communication satellite GSAT-5P carrying 24 C-band and 12 Extended C-band transponders which was launched on 25 December 2010 on-board GSLV-F06 but could not accomplish the mission due to launch failure.

The transponder capacity on GSAT-5P was planned to augment the INSAT/GSAT capacity for supporting ongoing satellite communication services including telemedicine. 

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