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Monday, 6 November, 2000, 17:03 GMT
India ditches key satellite
Satellite image
Insat 2B supported meteorological services
India says it will abandon a key telecommunications and broadcast satellite after it malfunctioned.

But officials from the country's space agency say the move will not affect telecom, broadcast and meteorological services.

Insat 2B is one of seven multipurpose satellites that support such functions.

Most of the services have already been moved to other Insat satellites and a Thai satellite.

"So for all practical purposes, from the service point of view, the satellite has been decommissioned," K Kasturirangan, head of the Indian Space Research Organisation told journalists in the southern city of Bangalore.

But he admitted that an educational television channel and some data collection functions of the meteorological department would be affected until spare capicity was found on other satellites.

Technical snag

Scientists said the satellite, which has been placed in space in 1993, had already served its life span.

"We were still using it due to the huge demand for satellite capacities in the region," Mr Kasturirangan said.

He added that they would accelerate the process to launch two more variants of the Insat satellite next year.

Insat 2B lost its earth lock - the specific direction in which the satellite is positioned so that its solar panels face the sun - on Friday.

Scientists at the Master Control Facility in Hassan, 180 km from Bangalore, worked through the night and managed to correct the problem by Saturday.

But the problem recurred and the space agency said they risked greater technical snags if they continued.

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