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Second ISRO master control facility inaugurated in Bhopal

By Our Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL, APRIL 11. The newly set up Master Control Facility of the Indian Space Research Organisation, MCF-Bhopal, was inaugurated here today by the ISRO chairman, G. Madhavan Nair. This is the second MCF after the one in Hassan in Karnataka.

MCF-Bhopal, consisting of a satellite control centre, satellite control earth station and a power complex, will augment the MCF-Hassan to meet the operational needs and increase the number of satellites in the Indian National Satellite (INSAT) system.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Dr. Nair said that the national facility at Bhopal would serve not just ISRO but the whole country.

A long way

Recounting the country's progress in the sphere of space research and communication, Dr. Nair said, "We have come a long way since the launch of the first SLV [satellite launch vehicle] in 1981 with a payload of about 40 kg and now have the capability of placing the Indian National Satellites weighing 2,000 kg in the geostationary orbit."

"ISRO is the largest owner of transponders in this part of the world," he said, adding, "what is significant is that the country has achieved self-sufficiency in the area of rocket technology that is not available for money."

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