Skip to comments.India luanches GSAT-12 satellite successfully
Posted on 07/16/2011 11:12:32 PM PDT by coldphoenix
History was created when the PSLV-C17 blasted off on Friday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota to successfully launch the GSAT-12 satellite.
For the first time in Indias space history, a woman scientist was in-charge of a mission as complex as this. Fifty-one-year-old Dr TK Anuradha, a resident of Bangalore, was project director of the PSLV-C17/GSAT-12 mission.
She along with her team also designed and developed the GSAT-12 at the ISRO Satellite Centre in Bangalore.
An elated Dr Anuradha told DNA over the phone from Sriharikota that Fridays launch was special not just for her, but also for Indias space programme as many firsts have been achieved through it.
She said that GSAT-12 satellite was launched into a sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit of 284 km perigee and an apogee of 21,000 km instead of the normal 36,000 km.
Launching in this orbit is a complex process but we were able to do so without any difficultly. Further the data received so far has been satisfactory, she said.
Unlike other PSLV missions, Fridays launch used the PSLV-XL version. In the PSLV-XL, six extended solid strap-on motors are used wherein each strap-on will carry 12 tonnes of solid propellant.
This is the second time such a configuration was flown, earlier one being the PSLV-C 11/Chandrayaan-1 mission.
This is the first time PSLV has been used to launching a communication satellite. Normally, the PSLV is used for launching weather and other experimental satellites, she said.
The 1410 kg GSAT-12 satellite, carrying 12 extended C-band transponders, is expected to meet the countrys growing demand for transponders.
I have quite an interest in GSAT now, as they have service in the Philippines.
I installed a Gsat dish and receiver just last week.
The main reason I bought it is that they carry FOX news, and NO Commie News Network, or British Babble Corp.
The cost is quite low. I paid about $125 for the dish and receiver, which included the first 3 months for free, and then will pay about $7 per month.
Prior to this, Dreamsat was the only one available.
It has CNN and BBC, but no FOX. I have refused to buy one
for over the last two years, just for that reason.
“I don’t think this GSAT carries FOX either.”
I said I just bought the Gsat, because it DOES have FOX news, and does NOT have CNN or BBC.
This is in Asia.
service from Philippines. The GSAT in the article is geosynchronous satellite built by ISRO in India and has nothing to do with Fox. Read the article.”
Well, I have no interest or concern for the Gsat over India.
My only statement was that I just bought a Gsat dish that does carry FOX news, live, along with 39 other channels.
I just assumed that it is the same company or group. Maybe there is no relationship.
Maybe I failed to mention that I am in the Philippines., and
yes, this dish does have ABS/CBN (Philippine news), as well as other Asian networks.
By the way, I was in the satellite TVRO business back in the 80s. Thank goodness those days of 10 foot motorized
dishes are over.
I do have interest in GSAT-12 over India. You are on the wrong thread I guess.