ISRO to set up Indian Data Relay Satellite System

ISRO is planning to set a new satellite series called the Indian Data Relay Satellite System. It aims to ring its own era of space-to-space tracking and communication of its space assets in 2020. It was announced by K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space.

♦ The Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS) will track and be constantly in touch with Indian satellites, in particular, those in low-earth orbits (LEO) which have limited coverage of earth.
♦ This is necessary as ISRO has planned with advanced LEO missions such as space station, space docking, and distant expeditions to the moon, Mars and Venus.
♦ IRDSS will also be useful in monitoring launches.

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