Mission typeCommunication
COSPAR ID1988-063A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.19330
Mission duration7 years (planned)
1.3 years (achieved)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerFord Aerospace
Launch mass1,190 kilograms (2,620 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date21 July 1988
RocketAriane 3
Launch siteKourou ELA-2
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude93.5° East
Period24 hours

INSAT-1C was the third in the first generation INSAT series of satellites (termed as INSAT-1) built by Ford Aerospace to satisfy the domestic communication requirement of India. The Govt. agencies using its services were All India Radio, Doordarshan, Department of Space and Indian Meteorological Department[1]


INSAT-1C was launched from Guiana Space Centre in Kourou using Ariane 3 rocket on July 21, 1988. At launch, it had a mass of 1,190 kilograms (2,620 lb), and an expected operational lifespan of seven years. The satellite was positioned at 93.5° East longitude in geostationary orbit


INSAT-1C carried 3 payloads on board to provide communication services to Indian Meteorological Department, Department of Telecommunications and Department of Space:


INSAT-1C mission was a success and lasted for about 13 years because the satellite got another 6 C-band transponders and 2 S-band transponders when a power system made one more bus[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "INSAT 1C". NASA. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  2. ^ "INSAT-1C". Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  3. ^ "Geo Stationary Satellites : INSAT-1C". Indian Space Research Organisation. Archived from the original on 2013-08-18. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  4. ^ "INSAT 1". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 2013-04-10.