GSAT-7 satellite was launched by ISRO on 30th Aug 2013, from launch site Kourou, French Guiana (South America).The launch vehicle used in the launch was Ariane-5 VA-215 of European space agency.
What are GSAT-7 capabilities ?
A multi crore satellite (approx Rs 185 Crore),has been designed to impart advanced marine communication capabilities with the help of secret encrypted system to Indian Navy. It will boost the Indian Navy’s capability of Surveillance system.
When will GSAT-7 be operational ?
It is expected to be operational by end of Sep,2013.
Currently the satellite has been placed in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), and three orbit raising missions will be undertaken by ISRO,between the period of 31st Aug 2013 to 4th Sep 2013, to place the satellite finally into the geosynchronous orbit of 36000 k.m above equator. The power is being generated by the solar panels which are deployed in the satellite.
GSAT-7 is planned to be placed at 74 degree East, in the geosynchronous orbit after which the communication transponders will be switched on by 14th sep 2013. It’s mission life is more than 7 years.
ISRO’s GSLV rocket could not be used in the launch of GSAT-7, as GSAT-7 is a heavy satellite (approx 2650 kg at lift off ), and work on GSLV rocket is still going on, and two successful flights need to be undertaken,before it can be declared operational. Recently, GSLV – D5rocket was in flames due to fuel leak due to which launch of a major satellite GSAT-14 was called off on Aug 19 2013.