ISRO launches India’s latest communication satellite

PTI
Thursday, 29 June 2017

Bengaluru: India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched on Thursday by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana, adding teeth to its current fleet of 17 working communication satellites.

Bengaluru: India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched on Thursday by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana, adding teeth to its current fleet of 17 working communication satellites.

The GSAT series of geosynchronous satellites is a system developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with an objective to make the country self-reliant in broadcasting services. The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, at 2:45 am IST, a few minutes behind the scheduled time of 2:29 am.

GSAT-17 was injected shortly after orbiting co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN in a flawless flight lasting about 39 minutes. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-17 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle, and the preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal functioning.

GSAT-17 that will strengthen ISROs current fleet of 17 telecommunications satellites was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). This was the third satellite launch mission by ISRO this month, the other two being first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions--both from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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