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India's GSAT-15 communication satellite launched successfully

The launch took place from Kourou in French Guyana in South America and GSAT-15 is the 10th communication satellite.

Nov 13, 2015 12:17 IST
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GSAT-15Indigenously made communications satellite GSAT-15 was launched successfully on 11 November 2015 by the European Ariane 5 VA-227 launch vehicle at 3:04 am.

The launch took place from Kourou in French Guyana in South America.

The Ariane-5 rocket was hired at a cost of approximately 581 crores rupees.

The 3164 kilogram GSAT-15 carries communication transponders in Ku-band as well as a GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload operating in L1 and L5 bands. An Arabsat communications satellite also accompanied the GSAT-15 on the same launch.

The GSAT-15 was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) after its co-passenger Arabsat-6B (BADR-7) was injected into space.

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-15 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle.

After the completion of orbit raising operations, the two solar arrays and both the antenna reflectors of GSAT-15 will be deployed. Afterwards, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration.

GSAT-15 will be positioned at 93.5 degrees East longitude in the geostationary orbit along with the operational INSAT-3A and INSAT-4B satellites. After the successful completion of all the in-orbit tests, GSAT-15 will be ready for operational use.

GSAT-15 is the 10th communication satellite and has an estimated lifespan of 12 years. It will augment telecommunication, Direct-To-Home and radio navigation services.

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