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Indian emphasis on communication satellites

In order to be capable of end-to-end communication, Indian Government is planning during its Tenth Plan to approve a project for three geo-synchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) operational flights at a cost of Rs 945 crore. At a meeting of Union Cabinet, a rolling standby was taken for the approval of the GSLV project comprising three operational flights along with advanced actions for three sets of material and one additional set of hardware.

Also keeping in mind the telecommunication as well as meteorology, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has scheduled to launch a satellite, INSAT-3A on 9th of April 2003. An Ariane-5 rocket of Arianespace will launch this multipurpose satellite in the early hours of April 9 (IST), from Kourou in French Guyana. INSAT-3A weighs 2950 kg satellite providing telecommunication, television broadcasting, meteorology and satellite aided search and rescue services. It carries 12 C-band, six upper extended C-band, six Ku-band (C and Ku are bands of microwaves) and one-search and rescue transponders. For meteorological remote sensing INSAT-3A includes instruments like a very high resolution Radiometer, a charge coupled device (CCD) camera and a data relay transponder.