Minggu, 13 Mei 2012

ISRO to Launch Indonesian Satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would soon launch an Indonesian satellite into orbit on a turn-key basis, using an indigenously built launch vehicle.
The ISRO has bagged this job on the basis of the competitive rate it has offered to the Indonesian space agency. This was revealed here by Indonesian diplomatic sources on the sidelines of the Indonesian Ambassador’s interaction with some business leaders who have been invited to set up industrial units there.
The Indonesian satellite to be put in space through an ISRO launch vehicle, named IinuSat, would be for communication and weather forecasting purpose.
The IinuSat, weighing about 30 kilogrammes, is being made by students of six universities in Indonesia and the technical experts have already arrived at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram for its integration with the launch vehicle.
The ISRO would be paid a fee of 100,000 Euros for the launch, said Son Kuswadi, Education Attache in the Indonesian Embassy in India. The launch is scheduled in early 2013, he revealed.
Indonesian Ambassador Lt General (R) Andi M Ghalib told business leaders here that there is a huge scope for strategic partnership with his country in the fields of plastics, automobiles, textiles and I-T related industries.
India and Indonesia share an age-old culture and tradition, the Ambassador said, adding that more Indians should invest there as a population of 240 million offers a strong domestic market.

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