Communication Satellite GSAT-15 launched by European Ariane 5

GSAT-15, India’s latest communications satellite, was launched successfully by the European Ariane 5 VA-227 launch Vehicle in the early hours today. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka has taken over the command and control and the preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal health. The Indian satellite with a design life of 12 years.

Here is that all you need to know about the satellite:

About GSAT-15

A high power satellite, GSAT-15 was inducted into the INSAT/GSAT system. GSAT-15 carries a total of 24 communication transponders in Ku-band as well as a GPS-Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload operating in L1 and L5 bands.

How it will help India

Providing replacement for the Ku-band capacity of INSAT-3A and INSAT-4B satellites, GSAT-15 will augment and support the existing DTH and VSAT services in the country. The GAGAN payload will meet in-orbit redundancy requirement for Safety of Life (SOL) operations benefiting the civil aviation services and other users of augmented gps connect and GPS-based systems in the country.

“The launch of GSAT-15 will be one more step towards further strengthening the satellite navigation infrastructure and sustaining the communication infrastructure in the country,” ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said in a recorded video message.

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