GSAT-29 is a multibeam, multiband communication satellite, launched by ISRO on Wednesday. The satellite, weighing 3423 kg, was put into earth’s orbit by India’s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III). The satellite, designed for a mission life of 10 years, has been stationed at 55 degrees East longitude.
It was launched into an elliptical Geo Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a 190 km perigee, the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth, and 35,975 km apogee, the farthest or highest point, with an inclination of 21.5 degrees.
The GSAT-29 satellite carries communication transponders that will provide communication links in remote areas of India. The satellite will provide communication services to the Northeast region and Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate execution of Digital India initiatives, the ISRO has stated.
The GSAT-29 satellite carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders intended to meet the communication requirements of users including those in remote areas. In addition, several new technologies such as Q/V-band payload, data transmission through optical communication link will be demonstrated. This will help in realising future advanced satellites, ISRO said.