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ISRO’s GSAT-15 to be launched on Nov 10 from French Guiana


Chennai : ISRO’s latest communication satellite GSAT-15 is all set to be launched on November 10 from French Guiana on board Ariane 5.

The Indian space agency, as part of augmenting telecommunication services, had earlier launched communication satellites GSAT 14 and GSAT 6, respectively.

GSAT 14 was launched in January 2014 while GSAT 6 on GSLV in August 2015.

“In its 10th mission, scientists at Arianespace recently integrated GSAT-15 satellite with the launcher (Ariane 5)”, Arianespace said in a statement.

Preparations for Arianespace’s sixth heavy-lift mission have advanced into payload integration phase with GSAT-15 satellite making its first contact with the launch vehicle, it said.

GSAT-15, developed by ISRO, would provide C- and Ku-band telecommunications and navigation services to India. It will have a lift off mass of 3,164.5 kgs.

“Flight VA227 (Ariane 5) is set for a November 10 lift off. It will mark Arianespace’s 10th launch this year”, it said.

GSAT-15 would be launched along with Arabsat-6B, set up by the Arab League Inter-governmental Organisation. Arabsat will be launched to provide telecommunications and television broadcast services for Middle East and African region.

The mission life of GSAT-15 will be 12 years.

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