India’s latest geo-stationary satellite GSAT-8 was today successfully launched and put into the orbit from Kouron in French Guiana. It is likely to give boost to direct-to –home services in the country.
“I am extremely happy to announce that ISROs Master Control Facility at Hassan near Bangalore has confirmed the reception of signals from GSAT-8 and taken charge of the command and control of GSAT-8 immediately after its injection into the geo-stationary transfer orbit,” ISRO chairman K.Radhakrishnan said.
“This is another great moment for us” he added.
GSAT-8 is one of the high power satellites weighing 3100 kg at lift-off, built by the Bangalore headquartered Indian space Research Organisation (ISRO).
GSAT-8 was injected into Space by European Launcher Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket which lifted-off at 02.08am (IST) along with Japan’s ST-2 spacecraft.