India’s approach to boost its Communication services took a big leap when they launched the communication satellite GSAT-16 on board Arianespace rocket from the space port of Kourou in French Guiana, after a delay of two days due to bad weather conditions.
The satellite with a lift-off mass of 3,181 kg was injected into the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) about 32 minutes after a perfect lift-off of Ariane 5 at 2.10 AM on flight VA221, signifying the 221st launch of an Ariane family vehicle from the spaceport.
In the dual rocket mission, GSAT-16 with 48 transponders, the largest-ever carried by a communication satellite built by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was ejected into space four minutes after its co-passenger DIRECTTV-14, designed to provide direct-to-home communication in US, Arianespace said.
The Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO’s Master Control Facility took control of the satellite and stating that the satellite is in “good health” after its initial launch.
GSAT-16 is a multi, starting -application satellite which will cover the entire Indian sub continent. GSAT-16 is the 18th satellite launched by the Arianespace, starting with the Apple experimental satellite in 1981.
S K Shivakumar, Head of ISRO’s Satellite facility (ISAC) said:
I wish to inform that we will come back to Kourou with GSAT 15 spacecraft. It is at the advanced stage of integration at ISRO satellite center where we are conducting tests as per plans. That is expected to be ready for launch some time by third quarter of 2016