GSAT-18 up in space

New Delhi: India’s latest communication satellite, GSAT-18 was successfully launched on board Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana on Thursday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-18 is the latest communication satellite with 48 transponders to provide Services in Normal C-band, Upper Extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum. Initially, it was scheduled for launch on Wednesday but delayed due to heavy cross winds.

ISRO-built GSAT-18, weighing 3,404 kg at lift-off, aims at providing telecommunication services for the country by strengthening ISRO’s current fleet of 14 operational telecommunication satellites.

GSAT-18 is the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European Space Agency and the mission is the 280th for Arianespace launcher family.

ISRO depends on Ariane-5 rocket for carrying its heavier satellites and is developing GSLV MK III for this purpose.

The designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-18 is about 15 years.

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