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Indian ComSat Launched

By thugsonfilm in News
Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 01:18:30 PM EST
Tags: news, india, satellites (all tags)

India just launched a communications satellite.

Attempting to replace a satellite destroyed last year, India launched the Insat-4CR bearing rocket.

The Sriharikota space station saw the launch at 6:21 pm after a several hour delay.

The two ton satellite has 12 wide band transponders which should allow simultaneous audio and video broadcast on each.

This launch is viewed as very important in terms of making India a player in the $2.5 billion satellite launch business. It is also hoped it will help meet local demand as well.

"It was a very nice take off with the evening skies so luminous and majestic and the thundering sound of the rocket," said chief G. Madhavan Nair of the Indian Space Research Organization.

This rocket appears to have avoided the fate of last years predecessor which had to be destroyed when it veered from its path less than a minute after launch. This is the fifth launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket series.

This latest launch will help maintain Insat which is the largest Asia-Pacific satellite system. It provides services including television broadcast, meteorology and telecommunications services.

This latest launch represents the progression of India's space program which started in 1963 and marked its ability to launch a wholly Indian manufactured rocket by 1980.


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Indian ComSat Launched | 16 comments (15 topical, 1 editorial, 0 hidden)
superb 1419 (1.00 / 3) (#1)
by achievingfluidity on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 05:01:25 PM EST

+1 FP !


I follow after your (none / 0) (#5)
by thugsonfilm on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 07:18:19 PM EST

lead in writing hard-hitting stories.

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I'll just bet (3.00 / 2) (#2)
by ksandstr on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 05:32:40 PM EST

... that this also helps with the nuclear-backed dick-waving they occasionally do on the border with Pakistan. Though... has India completed any ballistic missile tests?

I suspect as much ~ (none / 0) (#3)
by thugsonfilm on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 07:15:31 PM EST

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duh (3.00 / 3) (#8)
by shm on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 01:07:18 AM EST

Their former president was literally a rocket scientist.


[ Parent ]

Why would they need an ICBM (3.00 / 3) (#14)
by Zombie Schrodingers Cat on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 11:17:32 PM EST

to threaten pakistan? They are right on their fucking border. They could use a goddamn catapult to lob nukes at them.

[ Parent ]
Pakistan is a lot closer than geosynchronous orbit (3.00 / 2) (#6)
by MichaelCrawford on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 10:22:18 PM EST

... if you get my drift.

Two tons, you say?

Looking for some free songs?

Yeah (none / 0) (#7)
by thugsonfilm on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 12:12:23 AM EST

~2,140.00 kg = ~ 4,717.89lbs =~2 "short" US tons. No?

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Christ (3.00 / 2) (#16)
by tetsuwan on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 07:52:48 AM EST

Here 1 ton = 1000kg. Why do you have to make simple stuff so complicated?

Njal's Saga: Just like Romeo & Juliet without the romance
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oh yes, gotta keep that in mind (3.00 / 4) (#9)
by khallow on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 09:09:15 AM EST

Now they can add a school bus to that fission bomb warhead. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "schooled".

Stating the obvious since 1969.
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on the launch vehicle (3.00 / 2) (#10)
by khallow on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 09:35:50 AM EST

It goes by the rather mundane name of geosynchronous launch vehicle or GSLV.

This new vehicle (six years since first launch) is a step up for India's space program. Geostationary or geosynchronous orbit is more difficult to reach. It takes about 9 km/s to get to low earth orbit (a few hundred km high) and about 2.5 km/s more to get to geostationary orbit. That extra velocity needed means its payload to geostationary drops by half.

Stating the obvious since 1969.

+1 FP (none / 1) (#11)
by Troll Hard on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 02:16:05 PM EST

Because Thungsonfilm is accused of being my dupe, plus I like to read about India because it is close to Thailand.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! Mind over Matter Fringe Science for the win!
Being about India is one reason I wrote this (none / 0) (#12)
by thugsonfilm on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 09:44:15 PM EST

and there is no reason to say that thugsonfilm is my dupe. He might be Egils or Orion Blastars dupe for all we know, eh?

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It is hard for us to get into this business (none / 1) (#13)
by United Fools on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 05:39:11 AM EST

We'd better be polticans so we can order the smarties to lauhch rockets.

We are united, we are fools, and we are America!
oh god is the post threshhold really +10? (3.00 / 2) (#15)
by Phssthpok on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 12:12:42 AM EST


affective flattening has caused me to kill 11,357 people

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