Bangalore : Faced with transponder capacity
crunch, ISRO is exploring the possibilities of taking "on
rent" a foreign satellite for a couple of years and acquiring
more foreign transponders on lease.
Indian Space Research Organisation presently has 175
transponders in a mix of C, Extended-C, Ku and S bands and
has taken on lease 86 and half foreign transponders but faced
a huge order book position.
At the beginning of the 11th plan in April 2007, ISRO
had 211 transponders and the goal then was to take it about
500 by March 2012 but a combination of unsuccessful missions,
premature terminations and some satellites entering the end of
their normal life led to it ending up way below the mark.
ISRO sources said the required demand now is about 200
transponders in all and it`s scouting to meet that demand by
acquiring more foreign transponders for a short period till
its own new satellites are launched and become operational.
ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the Indian space
agency is also exploring "if we could get a (in-orbit) foreign
satellite moved into our (designated, orbital) slots for a
"We have got several orbital slots. We could go up to
320 transponders," he told a press conference.