ISRO on a mission spree

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has lined up many launches before March next year: a PSLV to launch a commercial satellite from the U.K., two navigation satellites, a GSAT series satellite and three satellites in IRNSS series, according to its chief A.S. Kiran Kumar. 

“The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) rocket is getting ready to launch GSAT-6 communication satellite, which is undergoing some small tests and getting ready for a launch next year,” Mr. Kumar said, after the 24{+t}{+h} Convocation Day at Sathyabama University, Semmanchery on Monday.   

To a question on the Mars Mission, Mr. Kiran Kumar said that the satellite autonomous capability will take care of the communication gap for 14-15 days during this June, when the Sun, Mars and Earth appear in a same line. He said the astronomy satellite Astrosat will be launched this year. 

GSAT-15, an Indian communication satellite to augment the capacity of transponders to provide more bandwidth for Direct-to-Home television and VSAT services, is expected to be launched in October this year, Mr. Kiran Kumar said.

In his convocation address, he said adapting to changing technologies would be useful for the current crop of engineers to shine in their respective fields and presented certificates to research scholars and degree holders.

The University conferred honorary doctorate degrees on the Managing Director of Sakthi Masala (P) Limited, P.C. Duraisamy and film actor Vivek. 

A total of 1,878 undergraduate and 777 postgraduate students, received their degrees, and 98 research scholars received their doctorate degrees.

cerdit : thehindu

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