Wins Launch of Two Insat Satellites
India has selected
Ariane to launch Insat 3A and Insat 3C. Insat 3A is scheduled to be
launched in late 2001 or early 2002 for US$74 million. Insat 3E will
in the second half of 2002 for US$70 million. The satellites were
originally scheduled to be launched by India's GSLV (Geosynchronous
Satellite Launch Vehicle), but it is running behind schedule.
GSLV launch has been delayed until at least February 2001. The first
GSLV launch will place the 1600kg GSat 1 satellite into GTO.
Carrying two high-power S-band transponders and three C-band
transponders, Gsat 1 will be used to demonstrate digital sound
broadcasting, as well as providing internet services, distance
education, developmental communications and compressed digital TV
services. ISRO (India Space Research Organization) plans to launch
one GSLV per year, with an estimated price of US$35-45 million.
Insat 3B was
launched on an Ariane in March 2000, and Insat 3C is currently
manifested on another Ariane launch in 2001. No launch system has
been selected yet for Insat 3D.
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