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ISRO’s telecommunication satellite GSAT-15 successfully launched

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Chennai: Indian telecommunication satellite GSAT-15 was successfully launched on Tuesday evening by the European space agency Arianespace’s rocket Ariane 5, the space agency said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Arianespace said it had successfully launched two telecommunications satellites – GSAT-15 and Arabsat-6B – for two customers, namely the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Arabsat.

According to the global satellite launch company, the launch of the two satellites takes the total number of consecutive successful satellite launches to 69 for Ariane rocket.

The rocket blasted off with two satellites from the spaceport in French Guiana and completed the mission in around 43 minutes.

GSAT-15 was the 19th satellite entrusted to Arianespace by ISRO – and the 18th built by ISRO. This productive relationship extends back to 1981 with the launch of the APPLE experimental satellite, and further underscores the strong collaboration that France and India have set up in space.

“The launch is ISRO’s 19th mission with Arianespace. In the meantime, ISRO also has launched four French spacecraft using (India’s own) PSLV,” M. Annadurai, director of the ISRO Satellite Centre, was quoted as saying in the statement.

With a liftoff mass of approximately 3,160 kg, GSAT-15 is designed to provide telecommunications services as well as dedicated navigation-aid and emergency services across India.

The Indian satellite with a design life of 12 years has 24 Ku-band transponders (automatic receivers and transmitters of radio signals) and two GAGAN (GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) transponders.

While the new satellite 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.

(IANS)

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ISRO Launches ‘Young Scientist’ Programme to Train Students in Space Science

The list of students taking part in the training programme's maiden session during this summer (May-June) is expected by March-end

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State-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday announced the launch of its Young Scientist programme to train class 9 students in space technology and its applications.

“ISRO has launched the special programme for school children ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ (Young Scientist programme) to impart basic knowledge on space technology, space science and applications to the young ones to arouse their interest in space activities,” the city-based space agency said in a statement.

With an aim to spread scientific fervour among the youth in the country, ISRO said it chalked out the programme to “catch them young”.

The two-week residential training programme will be held each year during summer holidays for students from across the country who have completed class 8 and are studying in class 9.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan, left, and Junior Indian Minister for Department of Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh address a news conference in New Delhi. VOA

“Three students will be selected from each state/union territory to participate in the programme each year covering CBSE, ICSE and state syllabus,” the statement said.

The space agency has approached the Chief Secretaries of the states for the selection of three students from each state and Union Territories.

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The list of students taking part in the training programme’s maiden session during this summer (May-June) is expected by March-end, ISRO said.

“The selection is based on the academic performance and extracurricular activities. Students belonging to rural areas have been given special weightage in the selection criteria,” it added. (IANS)