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Union cabinet gives nod for procurement of launch services for GSAT-11 spacecraft

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New Delhi, March 24: The union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for the procurement of launch services and realization of ground segment for GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs.1,117 crore.

“GSAT-11 will be ready for launch by the end of 2016. Considering the 5,600 kg lift-off mass, the satellite will be launched using procured launch vehicle outside the country,” an official release said.

The ground segment is being realised to address the rural communication requirements.

“This will enable early deployment of GSAT-11 so as to augment Ku band capacity which can be utilised for various services like VSATS, broadband etc. The ground segment of GSAT-11 will enable the utilisation of a small portion of the bandwidth for societal services apart from providing in orbit testing support,” it said.

It will also provide a high throughput capacity of about 10 Gbps to render broadband connectivity especially in rural areas. (IANS)

 

 

 

 

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Launched in August, Parker is on track to set another record late Monday night.

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This image made available by NASA shows an artist's rendering of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. VOA

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever gotten.

Parker on Monday surpassed the record of 26.6 million miles (43 million kilometers) set by Helios-2 back in 1976. And it will keep getting closer to the sun until it flies through the corona, or outer atmosphere, for the first time next week, passing within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the solar surface.

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This illustration from NASA shows the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. VOA

Parker will make 24 close approaches to the sun over the next seven years, ultimately coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers).

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Launched in August, Parker is on track to set another record late Monday night. It will surpass Helios-2’s speed record of 153,454 miles per hour (247,000 kilometers per hour), relative to the sun. (VOA)