Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched India’s 18th operational satellite, GSAT-17 in the orbit early morning on Thursday around 2:00 am.
GSAT-17 has been configured around I-3K extended bus.
The 3,477 kg GSAT-17 satellite carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. Apart from communication services, it will relay meteorological and satellite-based data and help with rescue services, earlier provided by geostationary satellites called Indian National Satellite System or INSAT.
Again, on 20 June, Isro launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) its Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 smaller satellites.
The total payload carried on Flight VA238 is approximately 10,177 kg., with the mission lasting 39 minutes from liftoff to deployment of the two spacecraft passengers.
It is designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-17 is about 15 years.
The launch closed out a successful first half of 2017 for Arianespace, which had its launch campaigns in French Guiana halted more than a month in March and April by a general strike by local workers.
As the graph above indicates, this year is likely to see ISRO launching a record five communication satellites. “Unlike Ariane 5’s usual missions, our heavy-lift vehicle delivered not for two but for three major customers at the service of telecommunications today”. The Arianespace Flight-5VA238 injected the GSAT 17 from the French territory Kourou located on the northeastern cost of South America into the Geostationary Transfer Orbit of the Earth. However, this latest mission involves a satellite that switched sides. He said that launch of GSAT 17 will provide the continuity in services of ageing two satellites and widen the country’s horizon to mobile satellite services as well as to Antarctica areas.
Isro’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka has now taken control and will perform the initial orbit raising maneuvers later.
ISRO’s 21st satellite is the Arianespace launched GSAT-17.