GSAT-17, the country’s newest communication satellite launched, join the fleet of 17 working Indian communication satellites in space.
- GSAT-17 was inducted into the INSAT/GSAT system from Kourou, French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-238.
- Weighing 3477 kg at lift-off, GSAT-17 carries Payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services.
- GSAT-17 also carries equipment for metereological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.
- GSAT-17 is designed to provide continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-bands.
- GSAT-17 was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
- The designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-17 is about 15 years.
Indian National Satellite System (INSAT)
- Series of multipurpose geo-stationary satellites launched by ISRO to satisfy the telecommunications, broadcasting, meteorology, and search and rescue operations.
- INSAT is the largest domestic communication system in the Asia Pacific Region.
- It is a joint venture of the Department of Space, Department of Telecommunications, India Meteorological Department, All India Radio and Doordarshan.
Source : The Hindu, ISRO
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