IAF’s wait for own satellite gets longer

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The Indian Air Force’s wait for its own satellite is getting longer because of a delay in obtaining a dedicated frequency band from the international regulatory body.

Like any other communication satellite, the IAF’s GSAT-7A, too, has to operate within a specific frequency band. The bands are allocated by the International Telecommunication Union.

Sources in the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) told DH that there was a delay in obtaining the frequency for GSAT-7A whose launch has been delayed by many years. The process to identify the frequency took time to ensure the allocated frequency doesn’t interfere with the satellites operating in the nearby frequency ranges.

Isro is looking at a launch window towards the end of 2017 if the scientists are able to ready another indigenous GSLV flight by then. Read More…

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