COMMUNICATION SATELLITE GSAT-17 LAUNCHED

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GSAT-17 ISRO’s communication satellite was launched at 2.45 am India time launch happened at 2.45 am India time.GSAT-17, the country’s newly launched communication satellite, will soon join the fleet of 17 working Indian communication satellites in space and augment their overall capacity to some extent. GSAT-17 also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.This is third satellite launch by ISRO this month, the other two being first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions – both from Sriharikota spaceport.

The 3,477-kg spacecraft was released into a temporary orbit in space as planned. “GSAT-17 is designed to provide continuity of services of operational satellites in C, extended C and S bands,” ISRO said. Announcing the successful launch of the satellite, Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel tweeted: “Confirmed: GSAT-17 has successfully separated from its #Ariane5 launcher #VA238 @ISRO ” In the statement, ISRO said its Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-17 immediately after its separation from the rocket. Preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal functioning.ISRO, which has been dependent on Ariane-5 rocket for carrying its heavier satellites, is developing GSLV Mk III for this purpose.

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