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Hutch brings space-time capsule project to India

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SEVERAL Hutchison affiliates in India have entered into an exclusive alliance to support the international KEO space project, a Unesco-supported space-time capsule programme in India.

The Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Max Telecom, Mr Sandip Das, in a statement announced that the KEO project involves launch of the KEO satellite in 2003 which will have the ability to accommodate contributions from every single human being on the planet and its return to Earth after 50,000 years.

The participation to the KEO project is open free of charge to everyone who wishes to participate, irrespective of who they are. All messages, whether they are just one line or the maximum four pages, will be included on the KEO satellite when it is launched in 2003.

Orange in Mumbai, Command in Kolkata, and Hutch in Delhi, Chennai, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will cover the event in the country.

Mr Samuel Selvakumar, Chief Operating Officer of Hutchison Essar South, commenting on Hutch's association with the KEO project, said, "the project is a powerful metaphor for communication. It is innovative in design, since it allows every single person on the planet to participate. We are bringing the KEO project to India since its stands for a truly innovative idea that provides a personalised and enriching communication experience. It is a reiteration of the values Hutchison stands for in India. We would offer users a chance to participate in this unique experience."

Conceptualised by artist Jean-Marc Philippe and built by some of the leading space agencies such as Aerospatial, CEA, CNES, Digipress, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Interspace, Starsem and Sup'Aero, the project fuses the boundaries of scientific endeavour across the globe.

The Unesco has selected KEO satellite as the project of the 21st century.

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