Satnews Daily
November 20th, 2014

India's GSAT-16 Is All Fueled Up + Ready To Go With Co-Passenger DIRECTV-14 In Early December

[SatNews] India’s GSAT-16 telecommunications satellite has been fueled at the Spaceport for its launch on Arianespace’s next heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission, which is scheduled for December 4th from French Guiana.

GSAT-16 is fueled for its Ariane 5 launch with DIRECTV-14 on December 4.

Photo is courtesy of Arianespace.

Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-16 will have a liftoff mass of approximately 3,150 kg.  It carries Ku- and C-band transponders to further augment communication services across India. GSAT-16 will be joined on Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission by co-passenger DIRECTV-14, which was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV.  This relay platform is a 20-kilowatt-class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite, to be used in delivering Ultra HD and other new consumer services for DIRECTV.

The mission with GSAT-16 and DIRECTV-14 will be Ariane 5’s sixth launch in 2014, and is designated Flight VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers – which also includes the medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega vehicles.

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