The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is ready to launch its GSAT-17 communication satellite from French Guiana on Thursday.
The launch will take place at 2:29 am IST. The 3,477-kg GSAT 17, with a mission life of 15 years, is latest in the line of ISRO’s communication satellite to be put in the geostationary orbit.
GSAT-17 carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band, S-band, Ku and Ka-band to provide various communication services, informed ISRO in a statement. Once inducted in the geostationary transfer orbit or GTO by Ariane-5 launch vehicle, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh will take over and place it in the geostationary orbit.
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