IN­DIA’S HEAV­I­EST SATEL­LITE GSAT-10 LAUNCHED

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia

BAN­GA­LORE: In­dia’s ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion satel­lite GSAT10 was suc­cess­fully launched early on Satur­day on board Ari­ane-5 rocket from Europe’s space­port in French Guiana.

GSAT-10, with a de­sign life of 15 years, is expected to be op­er­a­tional by Novem­ber and will aug­ment telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, di­rect-to-home and ra­dio nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices. Weigh­ing 3,400 kg at lift-off, GSAT-10 is the heav­i­est built by the Ban­ga­lore- head­quar­tered In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion. It was ISRO’s 101st space mis­sion.

Ari­anes­pace’s heavy lift­ing Ari­ane-5 ECA rocket launched GSAT-10 about 30 min­utes af­ter the blast off from the Euro­pean launch pad in South Amer­ica at 2.48 am, prior to which it in­jected Euro­pean co­pas­sen­ger AS­TRA 2F into or­bit.

GSAT-10 is fit­ted with 30 transpon­ders (12 Ku-band, 12 C-band and six ex­tended CBand), which will pro­vide vi­tal aug­men­ta­tion to INSAT/GSAT transpon­der ca­pac­ity. It also has a nav­i­ga­tion pay­load - GA­GAN (GPS-aided Geo Aug­mented Nav­i­ga­tion) - which would pro­vide im­proved ac­cu­racy of GPS sig­nals (of bet­ter than seven me­tres) to be used by the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia for civil avi­a­tion re­quire­ments.

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