BANGALORE, India India plans to launch as many as a dozen communications satellites in the next five years at an overall cost of about $750 million to meet growing demand from providers for direct-to-home broadcast services and very smalll aperture terminal-based services.
Between 10 and 12 satellites are to be launched to increase transponder capacity from the current 144 to over 250, said G. Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization. He spoke at a meeting of the Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group, according to a report by the United News of India.
While the International Telecommunications Union has developed recommendations to mitigate interference, it has increased over the last decade. There are currently about 220 commercial communications satellites, most in geosynchronous orbits.