ISRO to launch 3 satellites in 1st quarter of 2011


Thiruvananthapuram: Three major satellite launches are planned during the first quarter of this year by ISRO, whose recent mission to launch the GSAT-5P communication satellite onboard homegrown GSLV-F06 rocket failed.

'Resourcesat-2', an advanced remote sensing satellite, 'Youthsat', a participatory scientific mission with payloads from Russia and India and X-sat, Singapore's first indigenous satellite, would be launched on board PSLV C-16 in February, March and April, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said here. "We have three major missions slated in coming February, March and April. Among them Resourcesat-2 is meant to replace Resourcesat-1, launched in 2003, to provide data connectivity," he told an international conference at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) here.

'Youthsat' would carry a payload developed by students of Moscow University," he told the meet, organised by Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and Optical Society of India (OSI).

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