French rocket Ariane-5 launches India's communication satellite GSAT-17

| Updated: Jun 29, 2017 17:37 IST

New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): India's communication satellite GSAT-17 was launched by French rocket Ariane-5 in the wee hours of Thursday from Kourou, French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-238. The satellite weighing 3477 kg at lift-off carries Payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. After its lift, GSAT-17 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 249 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,920 km, inclined at an angle of 3 degrees to the equator. ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Karnataka's Hassan took over the command and control of GSAT-17 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle. Preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal functioning. GSAT-17 carries equipment for meteorological data relay, satellite based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites. The operational life of GSAT-17 is about 15 years. (ANI)