Search:



The Web

Rediff








 Latest News on mobile: sms NEWS to 7333

Home > News > Report


GSAT-2 placed in geo-stationary orbit

Fakir Chand in Bangalore | May 12, 2003 18:29 IST

The second experimental satellite, GSAT-2, of the Indian Space Research Organisation has been successfully placed in the geo-stationary orbit and its solar arrays and antenna have been deployed.

A series of critical operations were carried out from ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka on Sunday and Monday to shift the satellite from the geo-synchronous transfer orbit to the geo-stationary orbit in the third and final phase of orbit-raising operations.

Onboard motors were fired for about 90 minutes in three phases on May 9-11 to push the satellite. "It is expected to reach its final orbital slot in a week's time," sources added.

The satellite, launched on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D2) on Thursday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, performed its first orbit-raising operation on Friday, where it was raised to 8,850km. The second such operation was conducted on Saturday, raising it to 34,000km. 


7333: The Latest News on Your Mobile!


More reports from Karnataka
Read about: Telgi case | H Nagappa Abduction


Share your comments


 What do you think about the story?




Read what others have to say:


Number of User Comments: 1




Sub: We are the best ...

This shows that inspite of the sanctions imposed on us, we still can be on our own in terms of technology. Other than the hurdle ...


Posted by Bill J Kidd




Disclaimer




Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article










Copyright © 2005 rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.