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27 satellites operational in the country and action has been taken towards developing 26 indigenous satellites

There are 27 satellites that are operational in the country currently. This information was provided by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to Lok Sabha today.

These are as follows:

(i) 11 Communication Satellites namely, INSAT-3A, INSAT-3C, INSAT-4A, INSAT-4B, INSAT-4CR, GSAT-7, GSAT-8, GSAT-10, GSAT-12, GSAT-14 and GSAT-16.

(ii) 12 Earth Observation Satellites namely, Resourcesat-2, RISAT-1, RISAT-2, Cartosat-1, Cartosat-2, Cartosat-2A, Cartosat-2B, Oceansat-2, SARAL, Kalpana-1, Megha-Tropiques and INSAT-3D.

(iii) 3 Navigational Satellites namely, IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B and IRNSS-1C

(iv) 1 Mars Orbiter Mission

(a) As part of XII Five Year Plan (2012-17), action has been taken towards developing 26 indigenous satellites, which includes (i) 6 Communication satellites namely GSAT-15, GSAT-9, GSAT-6, GSAT-6A, GSAT-7A and GSAT-11 (ii) 13 Earth observation satellites namely, Resourcesat-2A, Cartosat-2C, Cartosat-2D, Cartosat-2E, GISAT-1, GISAT-2, INSAT-3DR, INSAT-3DS, Cartosat-3A, Cartosat-3B, Technology Demonstrator Micro Satellite (TD-MS), Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite and RISAT-2A; (iii) 4 Navigation satellites namely IRNSS-1D, IRNSS-1E, IRNSS-1F and IRNSS-1G; (iv) 3 Space science satellites namely Astrosat, Chandrayaan-2 and Aditya.

95 Ku-band (a part of K band) transponders onboard indigenous communication satellites are being utilized for various communication applications. Replying to the discussion, the minister said that the government is also working on resolving the connectivity issues in the hilly areas.

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