ISRO refutes INSAT's 'disappearance' reports

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Bangalore, Dec 15 (UNI) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today dismissed a report in the media alleging that its latest satellite INSAT-4CR had ''disappeared'' for a while and the life span reduced.

''This is totally false and baseless. The satellite launched on September two, went through all orbitary testing and was declared operational in October. We totally deny this report,'' ISRO spokesman S Satish said.

Speaking to reporters at the site of Indian Deep Space Network observatory near here, he said ''the satellite had been put in the designated orbit and was healthy.'' He was reacting to reports in a section of the media here stating that INSAT-4CR ''disappeared'' in space in October and it was ''brought back'' after 15 days of manoeuvres that consumed fuel meant for five years. ''This means the life of the satellite has come down from ten years to five years,'' reports had claimed.

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