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GSAT-15 is an Indian communication satellite similar to GSAT-10 to augment the capacity of transponders to provide more bandwidth for Direct-to-Home television and VSAT services. It was successfully launched on 10 November 2015 at 21:34:07 UTC aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, along with the ArabSat 6B satellite.[6]

GSAT-15
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorISRO
COSPAR ID2015-065A
SATCAT no.41028
WebsiteGSAT-15
Mission durationPlanned: 12 years[1]
Elapsed: 3 years, 10 months, 10 days
Spacecraft properties
BusI-3K
ManufacturerISRO Satellite Centre
Space Applications Centre
Launch mass3,164 kg (6,975 lb)[1]
Dry mass1,440 kg (3,175 lb)[1]
Power6,200 watts[1]
Start of mission
Launch date10 November 2015, 21:34:07 (2015-11-10UTC21:34:07) UTC[3][4]
RocketAriane 5 ECA, VA-227[3]
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
ContractorArianespace
Entered service4 January 2016[2]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude93.5° E
Perigee altitude35,774 km (22,229 mi)
Apogee altitude35,799 km (22,244 mi)
Inclination0.0728°
Epoch11 June 2017, 00:27:58 UTC[5]
Transponders
Band24 × Ku band
Bandwidth36 MHz
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GSAT-18 →
 

PayloadEdit

The satellite carries 24 Ku band transponders and a GAGAN navigational payload operating in the L1 and L5 bands.[1][7] Besides that it will also carry 2 Ku band beacons.[1]

SatelliteEdit

GSAT-15 has an estimated lifespan of 12 years. It will augment telecommunication, Direct-to-Home and radio navigation services.[8][9]

CostEdit

Cost of launch and insurance: about ₹860 Crore.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "GSAT-15". Indian Space Research Organisation.
  2. ^ "GSAT-15 Satellite is Operational..." Indian Space Research Organisation. 4 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Bergin, Chris (10 November 2015). "Ariane 5 successfully launches Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ Kumar, Chethan (11 November 2015). "India's communications satellite GSAT-15 launched successfully". The Times of India. Times News Network.
  5. ^ "GSAT-15 - Orbit". Heavens-Above. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ "ISRO's Diwali Gift: GSAT-15 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched". NDTV. 11 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Future Programme". Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Cabinet clears GSAT-15 and GSAT-16 communication satellites plans". Zee News. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Launch of GSAT-15 and GSAT-16". Press Information Bureau. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Cabinet approves GSAT-15, GSAT-16 communication satellites". ANI News. ANI. 28 June 2013. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2013.