The Indian Space Reserach Organization (ISRO) is all set to bid adieu to its ageing fleet of satellites. The premier space agency would be launching 10 satellites in the coming time to renew its fleet.
As close to 10 communication satellites are nearing the end of their life in orbit ISRO has taken to the mission. ISRO would be launching these satellites in the next few years informed agency chief K Sivan.
First of those 10 satellites has already been launched this month. The GSAT-30 launched on 17th January replaced the 15-year-old INSAT 4-A satellite. Generally, satellites that hover in geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) 36,000 kilometers above the earth, are designed for a lifespan of 12-15 years.
Since ISRO’s fleet has been closing on that time period it has begun to replace them with more powerful ones to aid in communication, internet and television broadcast. There are 17 operational satellites including GSAT-30.