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2015 to be a busy year, says ISRO chief
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New Delhi (IANS) Dec 17, 2014

File image: ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also launch a heavy communication satellite, GSAT-15, with around 40 transponders - automatic receivers and transmitters for communication and broadcast of signals using the Ariane rocket of Arianespace from French Guiana.

"We will be completing the IRNSS (Indian Regional Satellite Navigation System) constellation by launching four more satellites and operationalise the navigation system. The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) rocket is getting ready to launch GSAT-6 communication satellite," ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said here.

He said astronomy satellite Astrosat will be launched in 2015.

Referring to commercial launches, he said India will next year launch five foreign satellites, including three from Britain. India has also signed up contracts to launch two Indonesian satellites.

Radhakrishnan said 2015 will see ISRO enhancing the space applications for the central and state governments.

Asked whether ISRO was dispersing its resources looking at human space mission when the focus should be on developing GSLV rockets to carry heavy communication satellites, Radhakrishnan said: "ISRO's projects are not mutually exclusive. The cryogenic engine for the heavy rocket is under development and will take two years for the rocket to be flight ready."

The space agency will test-fly its heaviest rocket GSLV-Mark III designed to carry satellites weighing around four tonnes.

While the rocket's cryogenic engine is under development, ISRO decided to test the atmospheric flight stability of the rocket, with the two engines carrying a giant cup-cake like crew module.

The crew module will not carry any living being and is only for learning the atmospheric re-entry characteristics of the module.

The main objective of the crew module is to demonstrate its re-entry flight and aero braking, end-to-end parachute system validation.

The 630-tonne rocket will go up to 126km. The crew capsule will get detached and fall into the Bay of Bengal 20 minutes after blastoff.

The descent speed of the crew module will be controlled by three parachutes.

Source: Indo-Asia News Service

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