A spare satellite, IRNSS 1I, was expected to launch in November 2017, followed by two more spares next year. How the failure of C39 will impact this schedule is not known.
Rao succeeded Satish Dhawan and helped ISRO work more systematically, in the process leading a series of significant projects like the INSAT 2 and PSLV.
Of the 31 communication satellites produced by ISRO, 19 have been launched on Ariane rockets, 10 on the GSLV, one on the PSLV and, earlier this month, one on the GSLV Mk III.
The D1 mission has injected the GSAT-19 communications satellite into a geostationary orbit. It carries Ka-/Ku-band transponders, an indigenous lithium-ion battery and the GRASP instrument.
ISRO is a state-backed, not market-driven, organisation, while its two launchers were conceived 30-40 years ago to meet specific domestic needs.
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The next Mars mission will likely be launched in March 2018, have a less elliptical orbit around the red planet and could weigh seven times more than the first mission.
On Wednesday, ISRO’s PSLV rocket will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota with the six Singaporean satellites. All of them will be put into orbit about 21 minutes into the flight at an altitude of 550 km.
Delays in making the GSLV reliable offset the progress that the PSLV has made for ISRO in catching up with the global $300-billion satellite-launching industry