In what will help in boosting the satellite capacity of India and improve broadcast services, the Indian Space Research Organistaion (Isro) will put 48 transponders in space, the largest ever so far, through the launch of GSAT-16 from French Guiana on December 5.
The GSAT-16 will be launched aboard the French Ariane-5 rocket from French Guiana at about 2:08am IST.
GSAT-16 is an advanced communication satellite weighing 3181.6 kg at lift off is being inducted into the INSAT/GSAT system. GSAT-16 is configured to carry a total of 48 communication transponders, the largest number of transponders carried out by a communication satellite developed by Isro so for, in normal C band, upper extended C band, and Ku band.
“This will definitely boost satellite capacity as 48 new transponders will be added to the existing 180 transponders,” Isro chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan told HT.
Recently one of the satellite that was providing services was shut down and the GSAT -16 will provide the requisite services. The Isro is working on a set of missions that will enable India to have 400 transponders in next few years.
The designed on-orbit operational life of GSAT 16 is 12 years.The communication transponders on board GSAT 16 will ensure continuity of various services provided by INSAT/GSAT system and serve as on-orbit spares to meet the contingency requirements or for the augmentation of such services.