GSAT-17 at 93° East
|Manufacturer:||Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)|
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 5ECA|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
GSAT-17 geostationary communications satellite was built and is operated by ISRO from India. The satellite was constructed during a period of 30 months for a launch planned in late 2017. It will provide replacement capacity supporting the existing television, telecommunication, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and VSAT services in India.
The GSAT-17 will provide replacement capacity in different frequency bands and protect operational services. It will also augment and support existing telecommunication, television and VSAT services in the country, apart from providing in-orbit redundancy for societal services. The footprints of the GSAT-17 spacecraft will cover the entire mainland of the country.
GSAT-17 was based on the I-3K satellite bus with a launch mass of 3,425kgs and 6kW power generation capacity. The satellite carries a payload consisting of 24 C-band transponders, 2 lower extended C-band transponders, 12 upper extended C-band transponders, 2+2 MSS (forward & return link) transponders, and one DRT and SAS&R transponder.
GSAT-17 was successfully launched on June 28th, 2017, in a dual launch with Hellas-Sat 3 for satellite operator Hellas-Sat from Greece on an Ariane 5ECA rocket booster, operated by launch operator Arianespace from the Kourou Space Port in French Guyana.