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Mission type Communications
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 2011-034A
SATCAT no. 37746
Mission duration 8 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 1,412 kilograms (3,113 lb)
Dry mass 559 kilograms (1,232 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 15 July 2011, 11:18 (2011-07-15UTC11:18Z) UTC
Rocket PSLV-XL C17
Launch site Satish Dhawan SLP
Contractor ISRO
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 83° East
Perigee 35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)
Apogee 35,803 kilometres (22,247 mi)
Inclination 0.01 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 25 December 2013, 01:49:32 UTC[2]
Band 12[clarification needed]

GSAT-12 is communication satellite designed and developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation.


GSAT-12 is considered to be a replacement of the aged satellite INSAT-3B. It will provide services like tele-education, tele-medicine, disaster management support and satellite internet access.[3]

People behind the GSAT-12[edit]

GSAT-12 holds the rare distinction of being launched by the all women core team. The project director was T.K.Anuradha, the mission director was Pramoda Hegde and the Operations director was Anuradha.S.Prakash.


GSAT-12 is equipped with 12 Extended C-band transponders.


GSAT-12 was launched onboard PSLV-XL C-17 from second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre on July 15, 2011.[4] The tentative life of satellite is 8 years.[5][6]


  1. ^ "UCS Satellite Database". Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Peat, Chris (25 December 2013). "GSAT 12 - Orbit". Heavens Above. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "GSAT-12 reaches its home in a circular geo-synchronous orbit". The HIndu. Jul 15, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ISRO successfully launches latest communication satellite GSAT-12". Economic Times. Jul 15, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "GSAT-12". 
  6. ^ "GSAT-12 powered by PSLV is ready to launch".