INDIA’S HEAVIEST SATELLITE GSAT-10 LAUNCHED
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.