This year ISRO will be coming up with satellites that will lead to the development in various fields like communication, space infrastructure, broadcasting, Internet service and other businesses. These satellites will bring a lot of positive changes in ISRO’s satellites capacity and will contribute towards India’s development.
- GSAT-9 or the South Asia Satellite is the first of them which is scheduled to be launched in April from the Sriharikota spaceport. It is an Indian geostationary communications satellite which will be utilized to serve the neighbouring countries of the SAARC too. (except Pakistan, which opted out) as South Asian Satellite.
- GSAT-19 is next one which is planned to be launched in the first quarter. The satellite will carry Ka and Ku band payload and a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to observe and study nature of the charged particles and influence or impact of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.
- GSAT-17 is another geostationary communications satellite which is scheduled to be launched in June. This satellite will provide replacement capacity, thus supporting the existing television, telecommunication, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and VSAT services in the country. Apart from this, the India satellite will also be providing in-orbit redundancy for societal services.
- GSAT-6A is a satellite which will be like GSAT-6 that will be launched for the Defense forces in September.
- GSAT-11 is an advanced communication satellite which is the heaviest communication spacecraft till now, weighing 5,700 kg. It is planned to be launched early next year on the European Ariane launch vehicle. Additionally, GSAT-17 and GSAT-11 will also be launched on the European Ariane launcher.
With these five national communication spacecraft planned to be deployed in space this year, India’s space capacity will surely increase. We wish all the best to ISRO for all these future endeavors.
Image Credits: ISRO