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New Satellite for Rural Net Connectivity

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Internet connectivity for the rural masses in order to render timely advice on various aspects of agriculture, is soon to become a reality through an 'unconventional' satellite being developed in India. The spacecraft would be launched by European space consortium, Arianespace, within two years.

Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, G Madhavan Nair elaborating on the nature of this satellite said that this satellite primarily aimed at rural areas, is an INSAT-class (three tonne) satellite. Its speciality would be that instead of having an all-India beam, it would have spot beams covering different parts of the country, and there would be a control hub by which it would be connected to national network.

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