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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Advanced GSAT-8 satellite launched successfully

Country's mega geo-stationary satellite GSAT-8 was successfully deployed in an elliptical geo-synchronous transfer orbit on early Saturday (21-May-2011) by the Ariane-VA-202 rocket, an official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

"It is not enough to give birth to a baby you must also be able to hear its heart beat. The next few days will be crucial. We will be stabilising the satellite in a geostationary orbit and that requires extremely delicate handling," said ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan after the GSAT-8 was successfully launched by Ariane 5 from Kourou, French Guiana, in South America.

The GSAT-8 will improve direct to home TV broadcast services. Weighing about 3100 Kg at lift-off, GSAT-8 is configured to carry 24 high power transponders in Ku-band and a two-channel GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload operating in L1 and L5 bands.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has applauded the efforts of the Department of Space for the successful launch of advanced communication satellite GSAT-8 for improving in an elliptical geo-synchronous transfer orbit early Saturday by the Ariane-VA-202 rocket.

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