India on Friday successfully launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-12 onboard a powerful variant of homegrown Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C17 , from the spaceport in Sriharikota. The satellite was launched from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
In the GSAT- 8 satellite launched in June this year, the Electronics Division of Bangalore based Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) had assembled and supplied Space Grade Solar Panels to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
“The solar panels were deployed and are generating power. The satellite orbit will be raised from 22,020 km apogee (farthest point from the earth) to 36,000 km apogee tomorrow and day after. All the 12 transponders in the satellite will be tested by the end of this month,” said T.K. Alex, director of ISRO Satellite Centre.