India’s latest communication satellite GSAT 17 would be declared operational soon
Bengaluru, Jul43 : India’s latest communication satellite GSAT 17 would be declared operational soon after all its components and payloads have been tested for normal functioning.
The Satellite inducted into the INSAT/GSAT communication satellite constellation on June 29 when it was launched by a heavy lift Ariane 5 launcher has almost reached its spacehome in geostationary orbit, about 36,000 km above the earth. The Spacecraft controllers at the Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka today successfully carried out three axis stabilisation of GSAT-17. ISRO said the Spacecraft systems are normal.
GSAT-17 is designed to provide continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-bands. It carried 24 C-band, 2 lower C-band, 12 upper C-band, 2 CxS (C-band up/S-band down), and 2 SxC (S-band up/C-band down) transponders. It additionally carries a dedicated transponder for Data Relay (DRT) and Search-And-Rescue (SAR) services. The designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-17 is about 15 years.