ISRO-Indian Space Research Organisation is using now to its rocket PSLV most powerful configuration to launch a communication satellite from Sriharikota on July 15. It’s only for the second time ever that a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is being used for a communication satellite, the first one Kalpana-1 in 2002.
Communication satellites are launched on board GSLV or ISRO goes in procured launches overseas. Similar PSLV, with extended strap-ons, was used for India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission.
The GSAT-12 "fast-track" satellite with a mass of 1410 kg, has 12 Extended C-band transponders. It is slated to be injected into space by PSLV-C17 after the launch from Sriharikota spaceport slated between 16.48 hours and 17.08 hours on July 15. Launch vehicle of PSLV of XL-class will cost about Rs 100-110 crore, and GSAT-12 will be about Rs 80 crore. The life of the satellite will be about 7-8 years.
To meet growing demand, Bangalore-headquartered ISRO is building GSAT-10 with 36 transponders and it would be launched by Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana during March-April next year.ISRO is also building another satellite GSAT-7 that will have a few more transponders.
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