India to launch 2 rockets with Russian, Singaporean technologies

20:41, November 03, 2010      

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India is to launch two rockets next month with Russian and Singaporean technologies on board in a bid to bolster its space-based communication and remote sensing services, highly placed sources said Wednesday.

"The two rockets are Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle ( GSLV), which will strengthen its space-based communication, and another is the PSLV-C16, with six strap-on boosters, which will carry advanced remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2, auxiliary spacecraft of Youthsat and X-sat," the sources said.

Youthsat, a micro satellite carrying scientific payloads, is a participatory scientific mission with a payload from Russia and two from India. X-sat is Singapore's first indigenous satellite, designed by Nanyang Technological University.

The first one is likely to be launched on December 10 while the second one next month end, they said, adding that the launch site would be Sriharikota.

Source: Xinhua


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