|Mission duration||15 years|
|Launch mass||2,750 kilograms (6,060 lb)|
|Dimensions||2.0×1.77×2.8 metres (6.6×5.8×9.2 ft)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||27 September 2003, 23:14:46UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 5G V162|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-3|
|Perigee||35,764 kilometres (22,223 mi)|
|Apogee||35,819 kilometres (22,257 mi)|
|Epoch||30 October 2013, 02:33:58 UTC|
12 Extended C-band
INSAT 3E is a communication satellite built by Indian Space Research Organisation. It was launched on September 28, 2003 from the European Space Agency's spaceport in French Guiana on board the Ariane rocket. The satellite had a launch mass of 2750 kilograms. It is the 4th satellite launched in the INSAT-3 series of ISRO.It is designed for providing high-speed communication, Television, VSAT & Tele-education services and is an important landmark in Indian Space Programme.
INSAT 3E was launched from Kourou, French Guyana on September 28, 2003 on European consortium Ariane space's Ariane 5-V162 launcher along with two other satellites viz. Eurobird 3 of Eutelsat and SMART-1 of European Space Agency at at 4.44 am IST.It was placed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) 30 minutes after the lift-off, in 3-axis stabilised mode, with a perigee of 649 km and an apogee of 35,923 km and an inclination of 7 deg. with respect to the equator. Its Master Control Facility(MCF) is at Hassan,Karnataka(India).
INSAT 3E payload consists of C-band and extended C-band tranponders. It has 24 C-band transponders, having India beam coverage providing an Edge Of Coverage-Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EOC-EIRP) of 38.5 dBW and 12 upper extended C-band transponders having India beam coverage providing an EOC-EIRP of 38 dBW.
- Tele-education providing education to the poor and needy
- Tele-medicine administering medical services from the metros to villages & remote areas
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- ISRO website
- Commercial arm of ISRO
- Deptt. of Space Under Deptt. Of Science & Tech., Government Of India