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Insat 3C

Insat 3C [ISRO]

Indian National Satellite (Insat) is a multipurpose space system for communication, broadcasting and meteorological services. Insat-3C, carrying Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) transponders, Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS) transponders and Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) transponders is intended to continue the services of Insat-2DT and Insat-2C which are nearing their end of life besides improving and augmenting the Insat system capacity. Insat-3C is the second satellite of the Insat-3 series.

Launched into the geosynchronous transfer orbit by the European Ariane-42L H10-3 launch vehicle, the liquid apogee motor on board, Insat-3C is used to lift the satellite to its final geosynchronous orbit, which is about 36,000 km above the equator. The satellite is finally positioned at 74 east longitude. Like all other Insat satellites, Insat-3C is controlled from the Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka.

Nation: India
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Insat
Contractors: ISRO
Equipment: 24 C-band transponders, 6 ext. C-band transponders, 2 S-band transponders, 1 MSS transponder
Configuration: Insat-2/-3 Bus
Propulsion: 440 Newton thrust liquid apogee motor
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 2750 kg (1210 kg dry)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Insat 3C 2002-002A 23.01.2002 Ko ELA-2 Ariane-42L H10-3


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