notches another space success
India notched another
milestone in its space programme Friday evening when it
successfully launched a heavy-duty rocket that placed a major
communications satellite in space.
A beaming Indian Space Research.
Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): Three women space scientists are playing an important role
for the successful functioning of India's latest communication
satellite GSAT-12, launched Friday from the space port here, 80 km
north of Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai.
T.K. Anuradha, the first woman ever to be the satellite project
director at the country's space agency, specialises in satellite
checkout systems - electronic checking of satellite's performance
in space, an ISRO official told IANS.
Anuradha, in her 50s, has been with the Indian Space Research
Organisation for three decades now, the official said. She heads
the GSAT-12 project at the ISRO Space Centre at Bangalore.
The other two women are Promodha Hegde, mission director GSAT-12,
and Anuradha, operations director for GSAT-12 at Master Control
Facility in Hassan in Karnataka, K. Radhakrishnan, ISRO chairman,
told reporters here.
The Rs.105 crore GSAT-12 has 12 extended C-band transponders -
automatic receivers and transmitters for communication and
broadcast of signals.
The satellite with a life span of about eight years will augment
transponder capacity of the Indian National Satellite (Insat)
system. It is also expected to serve the Very Small Aperture
Terminal (V-SAT) sector. VSATs are used to transmit data like
point of sale transactions or to provide satellite internet
It will also be useful for various communication services like
tele-education, tele-medicine and for village resource centres.
(Venkatachari Jagannathan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)