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ISRO's commercial arm NSIL announces first 'demand driven' satellite mission

BENGALURU (PTI): ISRO's commercial arm, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) has announced its first "demand-driven" communication satellite mission as part of Space reforms announced by the Government of India in June last year.

NSIL, incorporated in March 2019, got mandated to undertake operational satellite missions on a demand driven model, wherein it has the responsibility to build, launch, own and operate the satellite and provide services to its committed customer.

As part of this initiative, NSIL, a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE), under the Department of Space (DOS), is now undertaking its "1st demand driven communication satellite mission named GSAT-24, a four-tonne class Ku-band satellite."

NSIL is getting this satellite built by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and will be launching it using Ariane-5 launcher operated by Arianespace.

"The entire satellite capacity on-board GSAT-24 will be leased to its committed customer M/s Tata Sky for meeting their DTH application needs," an NSIL statement said.

NSIL said it has entered into necessary agreement with Tata Sky for utilising the satellite capacity on-board GSAT-24 and with Arianespace for seeking the launch services.

GSAT-24 satellite will be owned and operated by NSIL on a commercial basis. The GSAT-24 satellite mission will be fully funded by NSIL.

NSIL is envisaging the launch of GSAT-24 satellite during first quarter of 2022, it was stated.

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