Insat-4B launch set for early March Team

(16 January 2007 9:00 pm)

MUMBAI: The Indian Space Research Organisation's (Isro) Insat-4B satellite is scheduled to be launched from Kourou in French Guiana in the first week of March.

This was confirmed by Isro chief G Madhavan Nair on Monday. Speaking in Thiruvananthapuram in the southern state of Kerala, Nair was quoted in media reports as saying: "Final tests are being conducted on the satellite and it will be moved to French Guiana by the end of this month."

The Insat-4B, the second satellite in the Insat-4 series, will be carrying 12 KU band and as many C band transponders for communication and broadcasting services.

One likely customer for the KU band transponders is Kalanithi Maran's Sun Group, which had booked space last year on the failed Insat-4C for its DTH venture Sun Direct.

Sun TV had booked six transponders for DTH and one for DSNG (digital satellite news gathering) on the Insat-4C.