Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Insat 4C Launch fails

Most of you may be wondering what effect the above satellite launch failure may have on Sri Lanka. Well Rupavahini the State TV channel had booked space aboard the Insat 4C Satellite.

Given Below is are excerpts taken off Sify Business under the heading "Sun, Lankan TV to ride on Insat 4C"

The Sri Lankan ride on Insat-4C gives Antrix a foothold in a highly-competitive, multi-billion international satellite market, the sources said. Rupavahini has already been accommodated on a working Insat while 4C gets ready for an indigenous launch.

Antrix bagged the Rupavahini order of an undisclosed value in a bid contested by established operators such as Panamsat, Thaicom and Singapore's ST1 a few months ago, the sources told Business Line.

Rupavahini's is said to be part of this capacity and is meant for broadcast links across Sri Lanka with Colombo through local earth stations.

Given below are excerpts taken off The Indian Express under the heading "INSAT-4C goes down in smoke in what ISRO calls ‘rare event’"

A day after the Agni-III ballistic missile failed to meet test expectations, India’s space programme took a knocking when the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV FO2), carrying the INSAT-4C communication satellite, veered off course and exploded 60 seconds after lift-off.

The three-stage rocket burst into flames during the first stage operation, a minute after lift-off at 5.38 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, some 80 km from Chennai.

Direct-to-home (DTH) plans of Sun TV take a hit as it had booked 7 of 12 transponders on INSAT-4C

Lankan TV too had booked transponders in satellite

Even the soon to be launched DTH operations of Sun TV have been hit by this setback. Does this mean Rupavahini will have to come aboard CBNSat again?

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