ISRO to launch new satellite on December 20

ISRO will launch its new communication satellite GSAT-5 Prime from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2010, 21:31 PM IST

Bangalore: Indian Space Research Organisation has decided to launch its new communication satellite GSAT-5 Prime from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at around 4 pm on December 20.
Sources in the Bangalore-headquartered space agency told that the mission readiness review in Sriharikota Friday, chaired by ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan, gave the go-ahead for the mission.

"The satellite is slated to be moved to the launch-pad tomorrow", an ISRO official said.

The 2400-kg satellite, equipped with 24 normal C-band and 12 Extended C-band transponders, would be launched by home-made Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06) powered by Russian cryogenic engine.

The exclusive C-band GSAT-5P has a designed mission life of
12 years.

PTI