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Know more about GSAT 7—India’s first military satellite

Last Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 15:43

Zee Media Bureau

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch GSAT-7 satellite, India`s first dedicated spacecraft for defence applications, onboard the European Space Agency’s Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the Kourou Island, French Guiana on Friday.

10 facts about GSAT-7

1. GSAT-7 will be the 17th ISRO spacecraft lofted by an Ariane-series vehicle

2. The satellite costs Rs 185 crore and it cost a further Rs 470 crore to launch it

3. GSAT-7 is a geo-stationary communication satellite designed to suit the Navy`s telecommunication needs

4. It weighs 2,330 kilograms (5,100 lb)

5. Onboard solar arrays can generate 2900 W of electrical power

6. Its payloads operate in UHF, S, C and Ku bands

7. The satellite can function during the eclipse period using A108 Ampere-Hour Lithium-Ion batteries

8. The propulsion subsystem has a 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) and thrusters

9. The satellite is adapted from India`s I-2K spacecraft bus, which also was used for the
INSAT-3D satellite.

10. It will be positioned at 74° East

First Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 15:22
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