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India to launch two communication satellites

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India will send two telecommunication satellites on Ariane 5 rocket of European space agency Aerospace, the space agency said.

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In a statement, Arianespace said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has selected it to launch GSAT-17 and GSAT-18 telecommunication satellites on Ariane 5 rockets from French Guiana in 2016 and 2017.

"Weighing approximately 3,400 kg, at launch each, the two spacecraft are planned as replacements for currently-operational relay platforms that provide key national services in multiple frequency bands," Arianespace said after the successful launch of another Indian telecom satellite GSAT-15 on Tuesday evening from spaceport in French Guiana.

While GSAT-15 with its 14 Ku-band transponders (automatic receivers and transmitters of radio signals) is expected to replace the transponder capacities of older satellites, ISRO is silent on the total number of satellite transponders it has under its fold-owned and leased.


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