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GSAT-14's third orbit raising manoeuvre completed successfully

Today's orbit raising was to place the satellite in a geo-stationary orbit

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has successfully completed the third orbit raising manoeuvre on GSAT-14, which was launched through the rocket on December 5.

Isro's master control facility, Hassan, Bangalore conducted the manoeuvre on Thursday.

Today's orbit raising was to place the satellite in a geo-stationary orbit. The initial data shows the orbit of as 35,462 km (perigee) by 35,741 km (apogee) with 0.25 degree inclination, said
After conducting the first Orbit raising manoeuvre on Monday, had successfully completed the second round on Tuesday.

On December 5, had successfully launched it's heavy-duty rocket - the Geo Synchronous Satellite Launch vehicle (GSLV-D5). The GSLV-D5, carrying communication satellite was launched from Isro’s spaceport at Sriharikota, about 80 kms from Chennai.

With the successful launch India joined the “Cryo Club”, a select club of spacefaring nations having the crucial cryogenic engine technology, which is necessary to carry heavy satellites up into space. The other countries include United States, Russia, France, Japan and China.

After a flight of 17 minutes 5 seconds, satellite was precisely injected into a geosynchronous transfer orbit with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 175 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,945 km, with an orbital inclination of 19.3 degree with respect to the equator.

Immediately after the injection, Isro's facility at Hassan took over the control of GSAT-14. The solar panels of the satellite were deployed as planned, the satellite health was found normal and the satellite was oriented towards the Sun.

First Published: Thu, January 09 2014. 11:52 IST