India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV has successfully launched EDUSAT the country’s first thematic satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota. This is the first operational flight of GSLV (GSLV-F01) and the third in the GSLV series.
The 414 tonne, 49 m tall GSLV, carrying the 1950 kg EDUSAT, lifted off from Sriharikota at 4:01 pm on Monday, 20th September. About seventeen minutes after lift off, EDUSAT was successfully placed in GTO. EDUSAT was put into orbit at 1014 seconds about 5000 km away from Sriharikota. EDUSAT carries five Ku-band transponders providing spot beams, one Ku-band transponder providing a national beam and six External C-band transponders with national coverage beams. It will join the INSAT system that has already got more than 130 transponders in C-band, Extended C-band and Ku-band providing a variety of telecommunication and television broadcasting services. ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, developed EDUSAT.