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GSAT-20 is a communication satellite jointly being developed by Indian Space Research Organisation Satellite Centre and Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre[3] and will be launched by ISRO. GSAT-20 will be a continuation of GSAT series of communication satellites. The satellite is intended to add data transmission capacity to the communication infrastructure required by Smart Cities Mission of India.

GSAT-20
Mission typeCommunication
OperatorISRO[1]
Mission duration15 years (Estimated)
Spacecraft properties
BusI-3K Bus
ManufacturerISRO Satellite Centre
Space Applications Centre
Power2 solar array batteries
Start of mission
Launch dateTBD
RocketGSLV Mk III[2]
Launch siteSatish Dhawan SLP
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude55° East[citation needed]
 

It will be the first fully Electric Propulsion/EP enabled satellite which can be five to six times more efficient than chemical-based propulsion.[3] It will be the first ISRO made satellite to move from Geostationary transfer orbit to Geosynchronous orbit using Electric Propulsion.[4]

PayloadEdit

The satellite features a Ka-band high-throughput communications payload with 70 Gbit/s[5] throughput utilizing 40 beams.[6] Each beam will have 2 polarisations, effectively making them 80 beams.[7]

LaunchEdit

The satellite will be launched by GSLV Mk III in September 2019.[8][2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Annual Report 2017-18, Department of Space". ISRO.gov.in. Department of Space, Government of India. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). ISRO. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b D.S, Madhumathi (May 1, 2017). "GSAT-9 heralds cost-saving electric propulsion". The Hindu. Bengaluru. The Hindu. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  4. ^ RAMACHANDRAN, R. (June 26, 2017). "ISRO's Mk III Launched a Little-Known Instrument Called GRASP – This Is What It Does". The Wire. Bengaluru. The Wire. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Nair, Avinash (May 17, 2017). "ISRO's GSAT-trio to usher in high-speed internet era". The Indian Express. Ahmedabad. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "GSAT-20".
  7. ^ Vasudeva, Akshay (May 22, 2017). "India to enter high-speed internet era with Isro's new satellites". India: mi.com.
  8. ^ "Coming soon, higher internet speeds". @businessline. Retrieved 2018-11-16.