India set to launch Insat-4A
India is set to launch their telecommunications satellite, Insat-4A [Indian National Satellite-4A] this coming Thursday. The preparation of this important launch is entering in the final phase in the European spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. This satellite is the heaviest ever built in the country and it consists of high-powered transponders set to give an impetus to direct-to-home television services.
This is also the first of the Insat-4 series and the nation would be sending many more following this launch. ISRO [Indian Space Research Organization] officials said in a statement about the launch of Insat-4A: “It will be shot into space with European meteorological payload MSG-2 on board ”Ariane-5” generic rocket of European satellite consortium Arianespace early on December 22.â€
Indian television viewers can see the launch live on Doordarshan at 04.03 a.m. [local time] on the launch date. The launch would see the presence of Top Indian Space Research Organization officials, including its Chairman Dr G. Madhavan Nair, and Director of ISRO Satellite Centre Dr K.N. Shankara. Insat-4A weighs around 3,080 kg has a design life of 12 years.
The satellite cost the nation around Rs. 300 crores and would provide coverage over the Indian subcontinent.