India Launched Communication Satellite

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India has launched its communication satellite GSAT-18 into space by Ariane 5 rocket belonging to French company Arianespace from its Kourou (French Guiana).

ISRO Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took control of GSAT-18 and performed the initial orbit raising activities by firing the motors onboard the satellite.

The satellite was placed in a circular geostationary orbit.

GSAT-18 is India’s latest communication satellite with 48 transponders that receive and transmit communication signals.

The 3,404 kg satellite will provide services in normal C-band, upper extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum.

The satellite carries Ku-band beacon as well to help in accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite.

Carrying 12 transponders in Ku-band and another 24 in C-band, GSAT-18 will provide telecommunications services for India once in its final orbital position (74 deg. East), strengthening ISRO’s current fleet of 14 operational satellites.

Its designed in-orbit operational life is about 15 years.

Apart from the Indian communication satellite, the Ariane 5 rocket put into orbit Australian Sky Muster II satellite.

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