Finally on Thursday Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) latest satellite, Insat-4A put into orbit (Click to view Insat 4A image/picture) successfully. It was launched from Kourou, French Guiana. According to official ISRO statement:
- It is India's first communication satellite
- It can provide upto 150 DTH channels via 12 Ku-band transponders
- It will boost countries television capacity
- It will cover India, Asia Pacific and the Gulf
INSAT-4A is launched into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) by Ariane-5 launch vehicle. The satellite is subsequently manoeuvred to 36,000 km high Geosynchronous Orbit (GSO) by firing the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) on-board the satellite. In GSO, INSAT-4A will be co-located with INSAT-2E and INSAT-3B satellites at 83 deg East longitude. INSAT-4A is designed for a life of 12 years.
For more information, see ISRO official web site.