Indian space agency ISRO will launch six more satellites during the 2015-16 consisting of two communication satellites, three navigation satellites or IRNSS series and one space science satellite, informed Jitendra Singh in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
“Six more satellites are planned to be launched during 2015-16,” said the minister. The two communication satellites are GSAT-6 and GSAT-15, the three navigation satellites are IRNSS-1E, IRNSS-1F and IRNSS-1G, apart from the four navigation satellites already launched so far.
In addition, one space science satellite ASTROSAT will also be launched sometime during this period, said Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office.
In all, India plans to launch 13 more satellites including four foreign satellites using its workhorse the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
So far, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched 74 satellites and with six more, it would reach 80. The failed launches were total seven so far as these failed in the launch stage, the minister said.
Recently, ISRO celebrated 40 years since its first launch of Aryabhata at its Bangalore head office. (See Photos)
With the launch vehicle PSLV, the ISRO has successfully put in orbit 40 foreign satellites belonging to 19 countries and four micro and nano satellites built by students of Indian universities, the minister said.
Once the GSLV Mark III becomes the main launch vehicle, the pace of ISRO launches will multiply making it possible for re-entry capable space shuttles.