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India to launch new communication satellite

Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 13:12

Bangalore: India would launch a new communication satellite from its spaceport of Sriharikota next month to augment capacity and services in the field.

Sources in the Indian Space research Organisation said today that top space scientists would meet on December 10 to conduct a mission-readiness review and give the final go-ahead for the launch on December 20.

The satellite, GSAT-5 Prime, would be launched by geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06).

An exclusive C-band spacecraft, GSAT-5P carries 24 normal C-band and 12 Extended C-band transponders to augment communication services in areas like television broadcasting and telecom.

GSAT-5P has a designed mission life of 12 years.

First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 13:12

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