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GSAT-10 moves closer to space home

Posted on Oct 03, 08:12PM | UNI

India's latest and heaviest home built satellite GSAT 10 has moved closer to its space home and was currently on a Geosynchronous orbit.

The Satellite launched by a Ariane 5 launcher from Kourou in French Guiana on September 29 was successfully manoeuvred by scientists at the Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka to reach the desired orbital plane. During the third and final orbit raising operations the Liquid Apogee Motor on board, the satellite was fired to achieve a apogee of 35,734 km and a perigee of 35,585 km and an inclination of 0.172 degree with respect to the equator.

Currently, the orbital period of GSAT-10 is 23 hours 50 minutes, ISRO said in a release here.

The two solar panels and the two dual gridded reflector antennas were also deployed later in the day.

The satellite is currently in its final orbital configuration at 70.18 degree East longitude. In the coming days, the satellite will be nudged towards its designated location of 83 degree East and in-orbit testing of its communication and navigations payloads will be performed.

The satellite having 30 transponders and a Aviation navigation payload is expected to start commercial operation in November.