India to have one more satellite launch site

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  1. JAISWAL

    JAISWAL Senior Member Senior Member

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    The Hindu : News / National : India to have one more satellite launch site
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    Amid requests from various countries for launch
    of their satellites, India has decided to set up one
    more launch site to expand its capacity in this
    aspect.
    At a meeting held by the Prime Minister’s Principal
    Secretary T.K.A. Nair here to review performance
    of the Department of Space, it was decided that a
    feasibility study would be conducted for a new
    site, sources said.
    The decision to find a new site was taken after the
    meeting was told that ISRO has only two satellite
    launch pads, both of which are affected during
    the cyclone season, the sources said.
    The two launch pads are located at Sriharikota
    High Altitude Range (SHAR).
    During recent years, there have been requests
    from a number of countries for launching their
    satellites in India.
    The meeting was also informed that despite
    successful launch of GSAT-8 and GSAT-12
    satellites, there is shortage of transponders
    primarily due to DTH and communication
    requirements.
    It was decided that steps should be taken to meet
    the gap within two years, the sources said.
    At present, Department of Space is leasing
    transponders and using foreign launch vehicles to
    meet the needs.
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    Where is this going to be? Perhaps around Nagercoil to get closer to the Equator?
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Kerala I think would be the place.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumba_Equatorial_Rocket_Launching_Station
     
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    Will it not fall on Srilanka in case of Nagercoil and on TN in case of kerala if anything goes wrong ?
     
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    Actually, chances are it will fall in the Arabian Sea right off the coast of Kerala even if the rocket manages to fly for 5 minutes.
     
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    It goes down on Bay of bengal when launched from Sriharikota its due to rotation of earth i think. So i assumed it goes down in TN or SL.
     
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    I wish it comes up in Nagercoil so that the rocket falls on Colombo.
     
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    what about andaman and nicobar iceland,
     
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    Do you want successful launches or failures for ISRO?
     
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    Even if the sat is launched succesfully the rest of the Rocket and boosters would have to come back to Earth. Having them fall in the sea would be such a waste.
     
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    They just burn up and they are just small pieces of debris that is not going to do any damage.

    ISRO might just face libel for damages if it falls in civilian areas, hurts or kills someone.
     
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    I do not care if it falls over civilian areas in Singhala Lanka. As far as liabilities are concerned there is not much a tiny Island nation can do about except make noises.
    This can also be of "Strategic" use since we will not be able to use the Tamil card in SL after a few years when the demographic profile is altered.
     
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    Yes , it will be in THUMBA, in kerela as it allready is warking with the rocket test facelity and sounding rocket lunch site.
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    Here is extract from ISRO- FAQ
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    Why was Thumba selected for being the rocket launching station?.
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    The geomagnetic equator of the earth passes over Thumba.
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    What is a sounding rocket?
    A sounding rocket is a rocket,
    which is intended for assessing
    the physical parameters of the
    upper atmosphere.


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    --- Welcome To Indian Space Research Organisation - FAQ
     
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    There is a big difference in launching small sounding rockets and PSLVs,GSLVs.
    Is there any other Rocket launch Facility situated on the west coast of another country?

    A rocket launched from Thumba would probably have to fly over populated areas TN . SHAR was chosen earlier because there is no land mass to the East.
     
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    Adding to that, they are calling for new launch pad because of north east monsoon. what about south west monsoon ? It does not make any sense if they choose kerala. Once location which is not much affected by both monsoon is coastal area between tuticorin and kanyakumari.

    And we should consider Koodankulan nuclear reactor too. Is there any problem to have a launch pad and a nuclear reactor that closely ?
     
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    Exactly, I too was thinking about the same location. Tirunelveli has a coastline that faces in the south east direction. .

    Maybe south coastal Tuticorin district would be the right place, since it is NE of Koodankulam.
    I think that should be the right location

    As far as Nuclear facility goes even Kalppakkam is not too far from SHAR.
     
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    Many. The US has two.

    Here is a map showing various launch stations.
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    I think one on the west coast can be utilized when the east is down during the north east monsoon. It would make sense to have one on the west coast i think.
     
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    I hope its next to the ocean so that after launch it can fall off in the ocean on not on my head!

    The reason they choose kerala is off no scientific use, its only because of internal politics both the directors are from Kerala, they want their state to benefit. They even moved some critical labs like the RLV testing to Kerala. I am not against it going to kerala but i hope they get enough man-power there to hire. Kerala does not rank well in Scientifc circles.
     
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    I guess south west is stronger than north east monsoon. If the primary reason to have a launch pad in different location is to use it for the most part of a year means it is a bad idea to go for some place in west coast. Best location is the area i mentioned if it does not cause any danger to Srilanka.
     

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