|Mission duration||Planned: 12 years |
Elapsed: 11 years, 7 months, 12 days
|Launch mass||3,093 kilograms (6,819 lb)|
|Dry mass||1,426 kilograms (3,144 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||20 May 2011, 20:38UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 5ECA VA202|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-3|
|Band||24 Ku band and 2 in L1 & L5 bands (GAGAN)|
GSAT-8 or INSAT-4G is communication satellite. It was constructed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, as part of INSAT system. GSAT-8 was launched on May 21, 2011, from Kourou, French Guiana. The rocket, an Ariane 5 was the carrier, marketed by the European Arianespace. First satellite to carry GAGAN payload followed up by GSAT-10 and in-orbit spare GSAT-15.
Prior to launch, the spacecraft was transported from India to Cayenne – Rochambeau Airport in French Guiana by an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft. The success of the launch is said to have made up for the previous loss of two satellites on the indigenous GSLV rocket. GSAT-8 was co-located with INSAT-3E at 55°E.