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India To Launch Rockets With Russian

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Singapore Technologies
India is getting ready for two rocket launches next month with Russian and Singaporean
payloads for strengthening space-based communication and remote sensing services back
home.

First to go up would be Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), carrying GSAT-5 Prime
with 24 normal C-band transponders and 12 Extended C-band transponders to augment
communication services vis–vis television, broadcasting and telecommunications.

Sources in the Indian Space Research Organisation here indicated that this GSLV-5P, an exclusive
C-band communication satellite with a 12 year mission life, is slated to be launched in the second
week of December.

Authorities are looking at 10th December as the likely date Top ISRO officials are meeting on 10th
November in Sriharikota, from where the twin launches will take place, to review the upcoming
GSLV mission and finalize the date.

Preparations are also in full swing for launch of the standard PSLV-C16, with six strap-on boosters,
which will carry advanced remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2, auxiliary spacecraft of
Youthsat and X-sat, towards the end of December.

“Resourcesat-2 is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 to provide data continuity. Suitable
changes, including miniaturisation in payload electronics have been incorporated in Resourcesat-2,”
an ISRO official said.

Resourcesat-2 is intended to replace Resourcesat-1 launched in October 2003.

This has outlived its designed mission life of five years and is work satisfactorily, ISRO sources said.

The images generated by Resourcesat-1 are being used for advanced applications such as
vegetation dynamics, crop yield estimates and disaster management support.

Youthsat is a participatory scientific mission with a payload from Russia and two from India.

It is a micro satellite carrying scientific payloads. Several universities will participate in the process,
from testing the payloads to analyzing the data generated from the loads.

X-sat is Singapore’s first indigenous satellite. It is designed and built by Nanyang
Technological University (NTU) in the city-state.

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the more the US will press India to sign these agreements.It is well known that the Indian armed forces have been staunchly opposing India signing such agreements and have resisted attempts by the political leadership and the bureaucracy to give in to US pressure arguing. India appears to have gotten away so far without signing CISMOA and the LSA but is already on the hook on end-use monitoring. which specifically relates to the on-site monitoring of US military hardware by US officials including some posted in the US embassy in New Delhi. And no-one knows what this language is! The Air Force chief and current chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee P V Naik even went public with his opposition a few months back. The joint statement issued after the Obama visit reaffirming the US-India global strategic partnership in fact pointedly refers to some hitherto secret letters exchanged between the two governments in 2004. How long can this continue? One of the high points of the Obama visit was the US declaration that it is ending restrictions on USexport of high-tech dual-use items. Indeed. with crucial portions blackened out as confidential. . it may already have done so as far as end-use monitoring goes. The ministers and civil servants routinely deny that they have signed an end- use agreement but concede that they have “agreed on language” concerning end-use of US-origin military hardware which is referred to in the contract relating to each deal. like the US. It also refers to the end-use visit agreement concluded earlier and signed between US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and India’s external affairs minister. They are nothing of the kind. that the agreements are routine and innocuous. Official US documents. But the more India seeks to acquire such items. testify that the US is intent on securing Indian concurrence on these agreements. available on the internet. even if in a roundabout way.