ISRO, Boeing to market communication satellites

Tuesday, 22 June 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will collaborate with Boeing Satellite Systems for marketing communication satellites, it was announced here Tuesday.

US Under Secretary for Commerce Kenneth I. Juster said Washington had authorised Boeing to initiate a dialogue with ISRO on joint cooperation in developing and marketing communication satellites.

Juster made the announcement while delivering the keynote address on "Indo-US Space Cooperation and Commerce: Status and Prospects" at the ongoing India-US space summit here.

"Our government recently authorised Boeing Satellite Systems to engage in discussions and share data with ISRO on the division of responsibilities for joint cooperation in the development and marketing of communication satellites," Juster stated.

ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said discussions were on with Boeing to incorporate its payloads in the INSAT communication satellites.

"We have started a dialogue with Boeing on the proposed collaboration. The payloads will include satellites and other instruments for experiments in space.

"If all goes well, we should be able to market the satellites in the next two years," Nair told IANS.

The payloads will depend on the composition of the satellites. If they are of small power, there could be 15-20 transponders in any of the three bands (C, S or Ku). If they are of high power, the number of transponders may reduce to 10-12.

"These will be a new class of communication satellites to be launched as part of the next INSAT series in two-ton class," Nair added.

Source: IANS
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