ISRO planning to launch five communications satellites this year

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The Indian space agency ISRO is planning to launch five communications satellites this year to ease a capacity crunch.

The first of the five satellites, GSAT-9, is scheduled to launch in April on an Indian GSLV, and will be followed by four more through December.

Two of the satellites, GSAT-17 and -11, will launch on Ariane 5 rockets, while the rest will launch on Indian vehicles.

The new satellites will provide a “drastic, perceptible change in satellite capacity,” according to ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar. [The Hindu]


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