Indian to launch new satellite
INDIA: India is set to launch Sunday a communications
satellite that will replace one destroyed last year when the rocket
carrying it into space failed.
The 49-metre high satellite launch vehicle, or GSLV, will lift the
satellite into space at 4:20 p.m. local time (1050 GMT) from Sriharikota
space station in southern India, a spokesman for the space agency said
“The launch is crucial to the extent that the high-powered satellite
will augment the country’s communication capacity and help meet
increasing demand,” said the spokesman for Bangalore-based Indian Space
He cited a boom in telecommunications, from facsimile and Internet
traffic to satellite television, video transmission and digital
satellite newsgathering, whose requirements will be met by the Insat-4CR
Insat-4CR, weighing 2,130 kilograms, is equipped with 12 wideband
channels that allow digital transmission on each at the same time by
several video and audio networks.