India’s communication satellite GSAT-10 would be launched from the Kourou launch base in French Guyana on September 29.GSAT-10, weighing 3,400kg at lift-off, is the heaviest that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has built and would be the 101st mission for the Agency. The satellite, with a 15-year life-span, is expected to be operational by November, 2012. The satellite, carrying 30 communication transponders [12 Ku-band, 12 C-band and 6 Extended C-Band] would provide vital augmentation to INSAT/GSAT transponder capacity. Also, it has a Navigation payload, GAGAN that would provide improved accuracy of GPS signals to be used by the Airports Authority of India for Civil Aviation requirements. This is the second satellite in INSAT/GSAT constellation with GAGAN payload after GSAT-8, launched in May 2011, it said.
Source: Hindustan time