Chennai/Sriharikota, Jul 15 (): “I am extremely happy to state that the PSVL-C17 GSAT12 mission is successful. The launch vehicle injected the satellite very precisely into the intended orbit,” a beaming ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan announced today. GSAT-12, built at a cost of Rs.148 crore, has 12 transponders in an extended C-Band and will help users in the field of tele-medicine, tele-education, social services, etc. The launch vehicle was expected to cost about Rs.100 crore.
Dr. Radhakrishnan said the services of GSAT-8 satellite, launched on May 21, was expected to be available for users. In-orbit transponders tests of the satellite would be held for three weeks, from Thursday. The satellite had been put on 55 degree east of geo-station orbit on Wednesday. Users of some of the decommissioned satellites would be moved to this, he said.
Referring to the recommendations made by a committee which looked into the failure of GSLV in December 2010 and another committee that examined the entire GSLV programme, Dr. Radhakrishnan said ISRO had now decided to “put all the focus” on developing indigenous cryogenic engines that powered Mark-II launch vehicles.
He said there were no major problems with respect to the design. However, discussions had started with Russia regarding finetuning of the engine procured from them. India has bagged multi-million dollar contracts to launch 12 foreign satellites in the lower orbit from its spaceport over the next two years, a top space agency official said Wednesday.
“Through our commercial arm Antrix Corporation, we have received orders from Canada, Indonesia, Germany and other European countries to launch a dozen satellites in the sun-synchronous orbit during the next two years,” state-run ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan told reporters here.