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GSAT 4 Launch in 2007 to test KA band

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Bangalore, Feb 23 (UNI) Indian Space Research Organisation will launch GSAT-4 an experimental satellite for Ka band communication payload in 2007 The satellite would have eight Ka Band transponders for broadband connectivity besides generative and bendpipe payload, ISRO Satellite Centre Director K N Shankara. The regenerative payload could cater to countrywide demand of hubless VSAT connectivity.

The satellite to be launched by a GSLV vehicle. The operational requirements of the satellite however has still not been decided besides KA band, GSAT 4 would also have navigationpayload as part of the GAGAN project for air traffic control besides an satellite from Israel provided by Tel Aviv University for ultra violet experiment.

Referring to INSAT 4A which was launched recently from Kourou in French Guyana by an Ariane launcher, Mr Shankara said that the satellite now perched in its space home was ready for operation. All the 12 Ku band transponders of the satellite have been tested and leased out to Tata-sky joint venture which was starting DTH operations across the country.

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