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Missions Planned by ISRO

The missions planned by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the next one year include - 3 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles, 1 Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, 2 Communication Satellites, 1 Earth Observation (Ocean) Satellite, 1 Meteorological Satellite, 1 Navigation Satellite and Mars orbiter.
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ISRO to launch 14 communication satellites to meet transponder crunch

Faced with a massive demand for transponders, India plans to launch 14 communication satellites by 2017.
The Department of Space (DoS) has projected demand for 794 transponders in the 12th plan (2012-2017) from the operational transponder capacity of 187 from INSAT-GSAT satellites as of March-end this year.

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ISRO to reach its century on September 9

On September 9, the Indian Space Research Organisation will launch its hundredth mission. Over a period of 49 years, the space agency has sent up 63 satellites and 36 launchers, made indigenously.
The ISRO says it will be a routine, no-frills event, with just two foreign commercial launches going on board the PSLV-C21. It will not carry an Indian satellite.

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India to launch 12 foreign satellites in next two years

India has bagged multi-million dollar contracts to launch 12 foreign satellites in the lower orbit from its spaceport over the next two years, a top space agency official said Wednesday.
Of the 12 satellites, four are from Canada, two each from Indonesia and Germany and one from Luxembourg. The remaining three spacecraft are from universities in Europe.

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India to launch five satellites by June

India will launch five satellites by June, including one for advanced remote sensing and two for communications, say officials of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The first launch, scheduled for April 20, will be of Resourcesat-2, intended for study and management of natural resources and sending back pictures and other data, and two other satellites.

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Sources said Sarkozy will take stock of one of the biggest Indo-French collaborations - joint fabrication and launch of Megha-Tropiques climate satellite. Approximately 50% of work on this is complete, with Isro's Bangalore centre playing a crucial role. Sarkozy's visit is expected to speed up work for the 2011 launch.
The second project, SARAL (satellites for ARGOS and ALTIKA) is also expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2011. While France will launch the first, India will launch SARAL.

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The United States could outsource lightweight satellite launches to India.
Lockheed Martin, the biggest US defence, aerospace and military technology corporation, broached the subject recently with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its export arm, Antrix.

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India plans to launch 10 satellites every year

Indian space scientists and engineers are bracing up to launch an average of 10 satellites per year to meet the rising demand for various space applications, including communications and remote sensing, a top space scientist said.
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India offers to launch Saudi Arabia satellites

In one of the initiatives to strengthen economic ties with Saudi Arabia, India has offered to launch commercial satellites for the Kingdom.
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Indian Space Research Organisation's budget is just three per cent of that of its US counterpart NASA, its Chairman K Radhakrishnan said.
Delivering a convocation address at Tumkur University, he said despite the low funding, the Indian space programme is ready to take a giant leap towards inter-planetary missions and human space flight programme.

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