The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch five communication satellites by the end of 2017. The same was confirmed by the organisation’s chairman, A S Kiran Kumar on 27 April 2017. Kumar stated that the main aim behind the launch is to improve the communication system within the country. The specific use of the satellites would be to improve the number of available transponders for communications. The move is expected to significantly enhance India’s communication capability.
The announcement was made by the ISRO chief on the sidelines of a lecture that was organised on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Osmania University in Hyderabad. Kumar’s lecture at the University included an overview of the number of satellites launched by the space organisation and the purpose of each satellite in the areas of disaster management, weather forecasting, space exploration, education, agriculture and geo-spatial applications.
ISRO chief also revealed that India is the only country to achieve the feat of having a large number of satellites. He also announced that ISRO along with the government has made it mandatory for all aircrafts to have a GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system by 2019 to ensure safety and precision landing. Besides this, ISRO plans to make an inventory and site management plan for 4000 heritage sites in India. The organisation also helped India break the record for launching most satellites from a single rocket by launching 104 satellites in one go in February 2017.