Oct 06, 2016

GSAT-18

India's latest communication satellite, GSAT-18 was inducted into the INSAT/GSAT system on October 06, 2016 from Kourou, French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-231. Weighing 3404 kg at lift-off, GSAT-18 carries 48 communication transponders to provide Services in Normal C-band, Upper Extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum. GSAT-18 carries Ku-band beacon as well to help in an accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite.

GSAT-18 is designed to provide continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and Ku-bands. GSAT-18 was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) by Ariane-5 VA-231 launch vehicle. After its injection into GTO, ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan took control of GSAT-18 and performed the initial orbit raising maneuvers using the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) of the satellite, placing it in circular Geostationary Orbit.

The designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-18 is about 15 years.

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Launch Mass: 
3404 kg
Mission Life: 
About 15 years
Power: 
6474 W from Solar arrays, Two 144 Ah Li-Ion batteries
Ariane-5 VA-231
Type of Satellite: 
Communication
Manufacturer: 
ISRO
Owner: 
ISRO
Application: 
Communication
Orbit Type: 
GSO