a state-of-art monitoring satellite, Ocean Sat irs p-iv, will be launched by mid-1999, said space commission member U R Rao. He was speaking at a four-day national seminar on 'Meteorology Beyond 2000' organised by the Indian Meteorological Society and the Regional Meteorological Centre ( rmc ) in Chennai. He said the satellite would have an ocean colour monitor and a scanning radio to measure the sea surface temperature and oil slicks.
"The satellite is a joint venture between the departments of space and ocean development," said Rao. He said another Ocean Sat will be launched in the year 2000 to measure ocean winds. Meanwhile, Indian Space Research Organisations ( isro ) engineers have begun the groundwork for the launch of India's Insat-2E satellite. The satellite arrived at its launch base at Kourou, French Guyana recently. The launch has been tentatively fixed for April 2, 1999. This was announced by the isro, chairperson K Kasturirangan .
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