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Isro to add 36 transponders in one year: Bhaskaranarayana
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NEW DELHI: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has mapped out its programme till 2025 and is planning to make 36 more transponders available in the period of the next one year, a senior officer said.

This was revealed by Isro scientific secretary A Bhaskaranarayana at the Casbaa Indian Satellite Forum 2009 here today.

In a keynote address, Bhaskaranarayana said Isro had presently made available more than 200 transponders for various functions. It was operating seven remote sensing satellites and also a large number of other satellites including communication satellites in the field of education, health, e-governance, and rural advancement.

Referring to the Chandrayan mission, Bhaskaranarayana said that the aim was to study the origin of the moon. He said only 30 per cent of the moon’s surface had been mapped and the aim was to learn about the rest. India would also put a man in space within the next two years.

He claimed that Isro, which recently became a member of the Cable and Satellite Association of Asia (Casbaa), was now self-sufficient in that it had developed capability in operating and launching satellites and had launched more than 17 space satellites. It was operating two navigation projects from space, apart from Edusat for educational purposes, a satellite for telemedicine, another for village resource centres, a satellite-based disaster management system with 350 centres, and a satellite-based search system.

Bhaskaranarayana said Isro, which had commenced operations in 1963, was one of the most cost-effective satellite operators in the world.

Referring to television, he said that the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (Site) in the early seventies had proved to be a trend-setter for many countries, and the Insat series of satellites had helped Doordarshan and other Indian satellites to beam their programmes.

Answering a question, he said it was up to the countries which were covered in the footprint of the Insat satellites to approach Isro in case they wished to utilise its services.

Bhaskaranarayana also said one C-Band and One Ku-band was available at any time for emergency requirements.

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