ISRO mulling more launch sites

ISRO also plans to launch Astrosat and Aditya satellites in the coming years.

Sriharikota: ISRO today said it planned to
have more launch sites as the frequency of satellite launches
is slated to go up in the coming years.

"We need to provide more number of launch pads, since the
number of launches from ISRO is going to go up," ISRO Chairman
K Radhakrishnan told reporters here.

We will do a feasibility study soon on sites "which can be
something like another Sriharikota."

The outlay for these new sites maybe less than Rs 1,000
crore, he said.

Listing out the launches, he said the GSLV launch is
scheduled for the second quarter of 2012. There are two more
PSLVs - one (PLSV C-19) carrying RISAT-1, a microwave remote
sensing satellite,another (PSLV C 20) carrying an Indo French
collaborative satellite Saral and small other satellites which
will study oceans, he said.

ISRO also plans to launch Astrosat and Aditya satellites in
the coming years.

The agency is also scheduled to launch Chandrayaan 2 at end
of 2013 or beginning of 2014. "It will be launched with a
GSLV," another ISRO official said.

On status of work on Mark III, P S Veeraraghavan, Director,
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre said "it is progressing well,with
tests on three stages of S 200, L 110 and C 25 to be

On promoting nano satellites from the student community,
Radhakrishnan said ISRO`s objective was to give them practical
experience on how to work with a satellite.


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