The Indian Space Research Organization a.k.a ISRO has successfully lanched its third communication satellite GSAT-17 into the outer space. This is the third communication satellite launched by the national space agency in the last 2 months. The heavy weight GSAT 17 satellite was launched at about 2 am IST today on June 29, 2017 from the Kourou, French Guiana Space station.The other two satellites that were launched prior to the GSAT 17 were GSAT-9, also called Asia satellite launched on May 5 and GSAT 19 propelled on June 5.
The ISRO GSAT 17: Mission
It is a moment of great pride for ISRO and India to have successfully completed their GSAT 17 project as this project will make the country’s presence even more stronger and prominent in the field of Space Sciences. The main mission of the ISRO to send its third communication satellite GSAT 17 within a time span of 2 months is to make its fleet of 17 orbiting satellites in the outer space even more big and powerful.
The GSAT 17 satellite will provide communication services, meteorological data and replace INSAT satellite for delivering Comsat rescue services and searches. The GSAT 17 is a heavy weight satellite that is around 3,477 kgs and is integrated with C-band, S-band and extended C-band and will provide several communication services to the ISRO and widening its ComSat horizons upto Antartica.
The GSAT 17 Launch
The launch of GSAT 17 communication statellite by ISRO was done at the Arianespace SpaceAirport located in France. The Arianespace Flight-5VA238 injected the GSAT 17 from the French territory Kourou located on the northeastern cost of South America into the Geostationary Transfer Orbit of the Earth. The Indian space agency has been relying on the Ariane 5 rocket for propelling its heavy satellites till date but it is now bringing together its very own launch rocket GSLV Mk III to finish off its dependency on French launch service provider.
The launch was witnessed by the Director of Vikram Sarabhia Space Centre, Dr K Sivan and displayed his gratitude to the Arianespace and named it a “Text Book Mission”. The GSAT 17 ComSat is designed in a way to last upto 15 years in the outer space. The ISRO’s Chief Control Facility at Hassan, Karnataka has taken up the control of the GSAT 17 after its launch and will now locate and position it in the Geosynchronous Orbit of the Earth.
Checkout the exclusive GSAT 17 launch video from ArianeSpace, France.