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India launches its heaviest communications satellite

India’s heaviest satellite, the 3,400kg GSAT-10, was successfully launched from French Guiana in the early hours of Saturday 29 September.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says this mission will give a big boost to communication, entertainment and civil aviation as the satellite carries 30 transponders and a component of navigation system Gagan.

The satellite will have an operational life of around 15 years and be ready for use in November after successful completion of all tests.  It will be placed along with INSAT-4A and GSAT-12 satellites and will add to ISRO’s existing own transponder capacity of 168.