Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched on board Arianespace rocket from Kourou in French Guiana on June 29, 2017.
More Details about GSAT-17 Launch:
GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3477 kg carried payloads in normal C-band, extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services.
- It also carried equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.
- GSAT -17 was approved in May 2015 with an outlay of Rs. 1013 crore, including its launch fee and insurance.
- Designed in-orbit operational lifeof GSAT-17 is 15 years.
- This spacecraft will strengthen ISRO’s current fleet of 17 telecommunications satellites.
- GSAT-17 was sent up as the second passenger on the European booster, Ariane-5 ECA VA-238. GSAT-17’s co-passengerHellas Sat 3 – Inmarsat S EAN has two operators. Hellas Sat 3 provides direct to home television and telecom services across Europe, West Asia and South Africa. Global satellite operator Inmarsat will provide in-flight Internet facilities for European airlines, as signified in the satellite’s tag EAN or European Aviation Network.
- Operations of GSAT-17 operations were immediately taken over by the spacecraft command team at Master Control Facility (MCF) atHassan in Karnataka.
- GSAT-17 is the 21st satellite from ISRO launched by Arianespace. It is to be noted that ISRO is currently dependent on Ariane-5 rockets for carrying its heavier satellites, and is thereby testing GSLV Mk III for this purpose.
Satellites Launched by ISRO in June 2017:
GSAT -17 is the third satellite launched by ISRO this month.
- Earlier, GSLV Mk III successfully launched GSAT-19 satellite on June 5, 2017, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
- PSLV-C38 successfully launched Cartosat-2 Series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites on June 23, 2017, also from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Quick Facts about ISRO:
ISRO is the space agency of Government of India, formed with a vision to harness space technology for national development
- Formation Year: 1969
- Founded by: Vikram Sarabhai
- Headquarters: Bengaluru
- Current Chairman: A S Kiran Kumar