The second orbit raising manoeuvre of the country’s latest communication satellite GSAT-16 was successfully performed on Tuesday, Indian Space Research Organisation said.
“The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-16 is successfully completed by firing the Apogee Motor for 2203 seconds, at 13:05 hrs (IST),” ISRO said on its website.
A day after the successful launch of GSAT-16, its Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) was fired on Monday, in the first orbit raising manoeuvre.
The orbit of the satellite will be raised to Geostationary Orbit of about 36,000 km altitude through three orbit raising manoeuvres by firing of GSAT-16’s LAM Engine. The satellite will be placed in the Geostationary Orbit by December 12.
Subsequently, its communication transponders will be switched on for in-orbit testing, according to ISRO. GSAT-16 will boost public and private TV and radio services, large-scale Internet and telephone operations.
After its launch was deferred twice due to bad weather, GSAT-16 was placed in orbit by Ariane 5 rocket in the early hours on Sunday from the space port of Kourou in French Guiana.