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Mission type Communication
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 2014-078A
SATCAT no. 40332
Mission duration 12 years (Estimated)
Spacecraft properties
Bus I-3K
Manufacturer ISRO Satellite Centre
Space Applications Centre
Launch mass 3,100 kilograms (6,800 lb)
Power 5.6 kilowatts from solar array
Start of mission
Launch date 6 December 2014, 20:40 (2014-12-06UTC20:40Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5 ECA
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 55° East
Band 12 Ku band
24 C band
12 Extended C band
Bandwidth 36 megahertz
← GSAT-14
GSAT-6 →

GSAT-16 is the 11th Indian communication satellite meant to increase the number of transponders that in turn enhance the satellite based telecommunication, television, VSAT services in India. GSAT-16 is similar to GSAT-15 with each satellite weighing 3,150 kg and having power generation capacity of 6.8 kW.[1]


Initially launch was planned for 4 December 2014, but was postponed due to inclement weather. GSAT-16 was finally launched on 6 December 2014 from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5 rocket.[2]


The satellite is equipped with 12 ku, 24 C and 12 Extended C band transponders.The satellite also has the highest Indian ku-beacon transmitter.[3][4]


GSAT-16 will be the 11th among GSAT series of Indian communication satellites, and will have estimated lifespan of 12 years.It will support civil aviation services apart from backing up the services provided by other communication satellites. The satellite is aimed as a replacement for satellite INSAT-3E[5] [6]


The satellite was insured with an amount of 865 Crore.Department of space had approved 800 Crore for the satellite in financial year 2013-14.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Henry , Caleb (November 14, 2013). "ISRO Selects Arianespace for Gsat 15 and Gsat 16 Launch". Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ariane 5 delivers DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 to orbit on Arianespace's latest mission success". Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "GSAT-16". Space Application Centre. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Future Programme". Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "CCEA okays launch of GSAT-15, GSAT-16 satellites". The Hindu. New Delhi. The Hindu. June 28, 2013. p. 1. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Launch of GSAT-15 and GSAT-16". Press Information Bureau. August 29, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cabinet approves GSAT-15, GSAT-16 communication satellites". ANI News. ANI. June 28, 2013. Archived from the original on December 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 

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