India’s communication satellite GSAT-18 successfully launched from French Guiana

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 was successfully launched from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. The satellite was launched on board of heavy duty Ariane-5 VA-231 rocket of Arianespace. It was successfully injected into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). GSAT-18 was the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European space agency and overall 280th mission of the Arianespace rocket launcher family.

Key Features of GSAT-18:

• GSAT-18 is indigenously built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It weighs around 3,404 kgs at lift-off. It has a mission life of about 15 years.

• It carries 48 communication transponders including Ku-band beacon for accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite. These transponders will provide services in Upper Extended C-band, Normal C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum.

• GSAT-18 will provide services like television, telecommunication, VSAT and digital satellite news gathering. The satellite will play important role in strengthening ISRO’s current fleet of 14 operational telecommunication satellites.

• It will also enable continuity of vital communication services by replacing ageing satellites of ISRO. Master Control Facility (MCF) of ISRO at Hassan, Karnataka will control the satellite.

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