New Delhi: To meet its growing demand for transponders, India is planning to launch 14 communication satellites by 2017.
In its assessment, the Department of Space (DoS) has visualized 794 transponders demand in the 12th plan (2012-2017). Currently, it has an operational transponders capacity of 187 from INSAT-GSAT satellite as of March-end this year.
All these 14 spacecrafts which shall be including high power S-Band satellite for mobile communication and new generation geo imaging satellite have been targeted to enhance the transponders capacity and introducing new generation broadband VSAT systems and Ka band systems.
The step will help in bringing the gap between demand and supply of transponders to meet country’s demand.
In the DoS 12th plan proposals, Indian Space research organization (ISRO) will be paying main thrust to maintain and secure sufficient orbit-spectrum resources for Satcom activities.
It will be planning to secure spectrum for 100 additional Ku-Band transponders and around 50 C-band/ ext C-band transponders in new orbital locations.
In 12th plan period, 16 PSLV missions, six GSLV MK-II missions and two GSLV MK- III have been planned. Out of this one will be experimental.
During the 12th Plan period, 16 PSLV missions, six GSLV MK-II missions and two GSLV MK-III missions including one experimental mission) are planned to be accomplished.
To further explore growth, steps like new satcom policy, space navigation policy, space legislation to explore growth and development of pace science.