ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-29: Here is the list of Communication Satellites

ISRO’s heavy-lift rocket ‘GSLV-Mark-Three’ has proven its reliability by successfully launching the communication satellite GSAT-29. It lifted off today evening at 05.08 hours from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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In a little over 16 minutes, it injected the country’s second high-throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 into the geostationary transfer orbit.

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ISRO chairman Dr Sivan, in his congratulatory message to his fellow scientists, said, the GSLV Mark-Three has entered majestically into the list of operational launch vehicles today.

He informed that the second mission to the moon Chandrayaan-II will be accomplished by January next and the manned mission to space, Gaganyaan by December 2021.

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The GSLV Mark Three injected the satellite in an orbit closer to the earth at 190 km and farthest at 35,975 km. Later, the satellite will be brought to the intended circular and geostationary orbit of 36000 km radius using remote manoeuvring by scientists.

GSLV Mk III-D2 / GSAT-29 Mission: Overview

GSLV MkIII-D2, the second developmental flight of GSLV MkIII successfully launched GSAT-29, a high throughput communication satellite at 5.08 pm IST on November 14, 2018 from the Second Launch Pad(SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

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GSLV-Mk III which is three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons, a liquid propellant core stage and a cryogenic stage, is capable of launching 4 ton class of satellite to Geosynchronous Transfer orbit (GTO).

GSAT-29 satellite with a lift-off mass of 3423 kg, is a multi-beam, multiband communication satellite of India, configured around the ISRO’s enhanced I-3K bus. This is the heaviest satellite launched from India.

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GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders which will bridge the digital divide of users including those in Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern regions of India. It also carries Q/V-band payload, configured for technology demonstration at higher frequency bands and Geo-stationary High Resolution Camera. carried onboard GSAT-29 spacecraft. An optical communication payload, for the first time, will be utilized for data transmission.

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List of Communication Satellites

Launch Date Launch Mass Launch Vehicle Application Remarks
GSAT-29 Nov 14, 2018 3423 kg GSLV Mk III-D2 / GSAT-29 Mission Communication
GSAT-6A Mar 29, 2018 GSLV-F08/GSAT-6A Mission Communication
GSAT-17 Jun 29, 2017 3477 kg Ariane-5 VA-238 Communication
GSAT-19 Jun 05, 2017 3136 Kg GSLV Mk III-D1/GSAT-19 Mission Communication
GSAT-9 May 05, 2017 2230 kg GSLV-F09 / GSAT-9 Communication
GSAT-18 Oct 06, 2016 3404 kg Ariane-5 VA-231 Communication
GSAT-15 Nov 11, 2015 3164 kg Ariane-5 VA-227 Communication, Navigation
GSAT-6 Aug 27, 2015 2117 kg GSLV-D6 Communication
GSAT-16 Dec 07, 2014 3181.6 kg Ariane-5 VA-221 Communication
GSAT-14 Jan 05, 2014 1982 kg GSLV-D5/GSAT-14 Communication
GSAT-7 Aug 30, 2013 2650 kg Ariane-5 VA-215 Communication
GSAT-10 Sep 29, 2012 3400 kg Ariane-5 VA-209 Communication, Navigation
GSAT-12 Jul 15, 2011 1410 kg PSLV-C17/GSAT-12 Communication
GSAT-8 May 21, 2011 3093 kg Ariane-5 VA-202 Communication, Navigation
GSAT-5P Dec 25, 2010 2310 kg GSLV-F06 / GSAT-5P Communication Launch Unsuccessful
GSAT-4 Apr 15, 2010 2220 Kg GSLV-D3 / GSAT-4 Communication Launch Unsuccessful
INSAT-4CR Sep 02, 2007 2,130 kg GSLV-F04 / INSAT-4CR Communication
INSAT-4B Mar 12, 2007 3025 Kg Ariane5 Communication
INSAT-4C Jul 10, 2006 GSLV-F02 / INSAT-4C Communication Launch Unsuccessful
INSAT-4A Dec 22, 2005 3081 Kg Ariane5-V169 Communication
HAMSAT May 05, 2005 PSLV-C6/CARTOSAT-1/HAMSAT Communication
EDUSAT Sep 20, 2004 1950.5 kg GSLV-F01 / EDUSAT(GSAT-3) Communication
INSAT-3E Sep 28, 2003 2,775 Kg Ariane5-V162 Communication
GSAT-2 May 08, 2003 1800 Kg GSLV-D2 / GSAT-2 Communication
INSAT-3A Apr 10, 2003 2,950 Kg Ariane5-V160 Climate & Environment, Communication
KALPANA-1 Sep 12, 2002 1060 Kg PSLV-C4 /KALPANA-1 Climate & Environment, Communication
INSAT-3C Jan 24, 2002 2,650 Kg Ariane5-V147 Climate & Environment, Communication
GSAT-1 Apr 18, 2001 1530 Kg GSLV-D1 / GSAT-1 Communication
INSAT-3B Mar 22, 2000 2,070 Kg Ariane-5G Communication
INSAT-2E Apr 03, 1999 2,550 Kg Ariane-42P H10-3 Communication
INSAT-2D Jun 04, 1997 2079 Kg Ariane-44L H10-3 Communication Failed in Orbit
INSAT-2C Dec 07, 1995 2106 Kg Ariane-44L H10-3 Communication
INSAT-2B Jul 23, 1993 1906 kg Ariane-44L H10+ Communication
INSAT-2A Jul 10, 1992 1906 kg Ariane-44L H10 Communication
INSAT-1D Jun 12, 1990 Delta 4925 Communication
INSAT-1C Jul 22, 1988 Ariane-3 Communication Partial Failure in Orbit
INSAT-1B Aug 30, 1983 Shuttle [PAM-D] Communication
INSAT-1A Apr 10, 1982 Delta Communication Failed in Orbit

GSAT-29 satellite with a lift-off mass of 3423 kg, is a multi-beam, multiband communication satellite of India, configured around the ISRO’s enhanced I-3K bus. This is the heaviest satellite launched from India.

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GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders which will bridge the digital divide of users including those in Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern regions of India. It also carries Q/V-band payload, configured for technology demonstration at higher frequency bands and Geo-stationary High Resolution Camera. carried onboard GSAT-29 spacecraft. An optical communication payload, for the first time, will be utilized for data transmission.

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