ISRO develops ship borne transportable antenna terminal

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Space agency ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network’ISTRAC’ has designed and developed a Ship Borne Transportable (SBT) Antenna Terminal to meet the launch vehicle telemetrytracking and command requirements.

The 4.6 meter Ship Borne Antenna System has been built indigenously, fulfilling all specifications and has established in house capability for meeting future requirements, The city-based ISTRAC provides tracking support for all satellite and launch vehicle missions of ISRO and also provides space operations support for Deep Space Missions.

In order to cater to these specific requirements, ISTRAC designed and developed the 4.6 meter SBT AntennaTerminal that meets the launch vehicle TTC requirements,

Antennasystem consists of 3-axis Antenna Mount, a Motion Simulator,Reflector and Feed, Servo Control Systems and RF Electronics.The Antenna system was realised with the participationof Indian Industries and has been tested and validated on a motion simulator.

ISRO said the ship was stationed at a specified observation point in the Bay of Bengal and has successfully tracked PSLV-C38. PSLV-38 was launched on June 23, 2017 from the spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite, adedicated satellite for the defence forces along with 30nano satellites as co-passengers.

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