TNPSC Current Affairs June 2017
Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched 3477 kg GSAT-17 Communication satellite using the European Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.
It carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band for providing various services to the country, also it carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services.
GSLV-17 is designed to provide continuity of services on two ageing operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-bands.
ISRO, is developing GSLV MkII launch vehicle to launch the heaviest satellites, to avoid depending on Ariane-5 rocket.
This is the 21st satellite from ISRO launched by Arianespace.