ISRO Communication Satellite GSAT-17 Launched from French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-238
On 29 June, 2017, Thursday at 2.45 a.m, India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 and co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN were launched successfully from Kourou, French Guiana, and South America. GSAT (geosynchronous satellites)-17 and co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN satellite were flown into the space in a European booster Ariane-5 rocket. The weight of GSAT-17 is 3477 kg and the weight of Hellas Sat 3-inmarsat is 5,700kg. Hellas sat 3-inmarsat insert upper position in the rocket and GSAT_17 insert second position in Ariane 5 rocket. After Ariane 5 reached on orbit, it released the Hellas sat 3-inmarsat first and next released GSAT-17.
ISRO Communication Satellite GSAT-17 Launched:
Launch Mass: 3477 kg
Mission Life: 15 years
Launch Vehicle: Ariane-5 VA-238
GSAT-17 is developed by ISRO. GSAT-17 carries payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. GSAT-17 is designed to provide continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band GSAT-17 is designed mainly for telecommunication, broadcasting and VSAT services.GSAT-17 was the 21st satellite to be launched by Arianespace from ISRO. The designed In-orbit operational life of GSAT-17 is about 15 years.
Hellas Sat 3- Inmarsat S EAN:
HellasSat 3-Inmarsat S EAN shared by two satellite operators. Hellas Sat 3 provides direct to home television and telecom services across Europe, South Africa and West Asia. Inmarsat S EAN satellite will provide In-flight internet facilities for European, airlines signified in the satellite's tag European Aviation Network.
European Booster Ariane 5rocket:
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 is the European heavy lift launchers rocket. Ariane 5 rocket is 180 feet tall. Ariane 5 is able to carry payloads weighing over 20 metric tons into low earth orbit and 10 metric tons to geostationary transfer orbit. Arianespace is to match up most telecommunications satellites for highly efficient dual launches.