Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID2014-078A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.40332
Mission duration12 years (estimated)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerISRO Satellite Centre
Space Applications Centre
Launch mass3,100 kilograms (6,800 lb)
Power5.6 kW solar
Start of mission
Launch date6 December 2014, 20:40 (2014-12-06UTC20:40Z) UTC
RocketAriane 5 ECA
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude55° East
Bandwidth36 MHz
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GSAT-16 is the 11th Indian communication satellite, meant to increase the number of transponders available for satellite-based telecommunication, television, and VSAT services in India. GSAT-16 is similar to GSAT-15 with each satellite weighing 3,150 kg and having power generation capacity of 6.8 kW.[1]


Initially launch was planned for 4 December 2014, but was postponed due to inclement weather. GSAT-16 was finally launched on 6 December 2014 from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5 rocket.[2]


The satellite is equipped with 12 ku, 24 C and 12 Extended C band transponders. The satellite also has the highest Indian ku-beacon transmitter.[3][4]


GSAT-16 will be the 11th among GSAT series of Indian communication satellites, and will have estimated lifespan of 12 years. It will support civil aviation services apart from backing up the services provided by other communication satellites. The satellite is aimed as a replacement for satellite INSAT-3E[5] [6]


The satellite was insured for 865 crore. The Department of Space had approved 800 crore for the satellite in financial year 2013–14.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Henry , Caleb (November 14, 2013). "ISRO Selects Arianespace for Gsat 15 and Gsat 16 Launch". Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Ariane 5 delivers DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 to orbit on Arianespace's latest mission success". Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. ^ "GSAT-16". Space Application Centre. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Future Programme". Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "CCEA okays launch of GSAT-15, GSAT-16 satellites". The Hindu. New Delhi. The Hindu. June 28, 2013. p. 1. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  6. ^ "Launch of GSAT-15 and GSAT-16". Press Information Bureau. August 29, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Cabinet approves GSAT-15, GSAT-16 communication satellites". ANI News. ANI. June 28, 2013. Archived from the original on December 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2013.