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ISRO satellites continue humming despite Y2K fears

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Like several other satellite operators, even the Indian Space Research Organisation's Insat series of satellites continued humming even as the clock moved Planet earth into the new year and millennium on 31 December. The transition took place on 1 January at 5:30 am as the space centre and the satellites work on GMT. Earlier there were fears that satellites would go into a tizzy thanks to the Y2K bug, sending communications and television broadcasts haywire. However, none of this came to pass.





Isro had deployed 100 engineers and scientists on vigil prior to new year's eve and spent around Rs 20 million in making sure that all software Y2K bugs were ironed out .

 





The space organisation has meanwhile announced that its long-awaited Insat-3B satellite will finally be launched in March this year. It has signed up with European launch platform Ariannespace for Insat 2B and currently testing of the satellite is on. .

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