Cabinet approves GSAT-15, GSAT-16 communication satellites

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to a proposal for the GSAT-15 and GSAT-16 communication satellite project along with procurement of launch services and insurance.

The building of the GSAT-15 is part of the Indian Research Organisation's (ISRO's) efforts towards in-orbit spare capacity to meet contingency and to protect the services of existing users.

The satellite will provide required redundant capacity, will augment capacity in the Ku band, and shall provide in-orbit redundant requirement of safety of life operations benefitting civil aviation services in the country.

Nine operational INSAT/GSAT satellites are currently providing different frequency bands to nearly 195 transponders. The GSAT-15 satellite will cover the entire Indian mainland. All heritage proven bus systems will be used to build the satellite in 18 months. The satellite will be similar to the GSAT-8.

The total cost involved in the project is Rs.859.5 crore including launch services.

Meanwhile, the GSAT-16 communication satellite will meet contingency requirements, protect services of existing users and will augment and support existing telecommunication, television, VSAT and other satellite based services in the country.

Nine operational INSAT/GSAT satellites are currently providing different frequency bands to nearly 195 transponders. All heritage proven bus systems will be used to build the satellite in 24 months. The satellite shall be similar to the GSAT-10.

The total cost involved in the project is Rs.865.50 crore including launch services. (ANI)

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