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Breaking FIRST : India's GSAT-16 is delivered to French Guiana for the next Arianespace Ariane 5 launc
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Protected by its shipping container, GSAT-16 is unloaded from the cargo jetliner following this Indian satellite’s delivery to French Guiana.


October 24, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA221

Both satellite passengers for Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2014 are now in French Guiana, marking a new milestone as preparations continue ahead of this heavy-lift flight scheduled for early December.

The GSAT-16 spacecraft arrived this week at Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne. It was delivered by a chartered cargo aircraft and after touching down in French Guiana, subsequently was unloaded for transfer by road to the Spaceport.

Designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-16 – which will weigh approximately 3,150 kg. at liftoff – is to deliver C- and Ku-band telecommunications services that include very small aperture terminal (VSAT) transmissions, TV broadcasting and emergency communications.

GSAT-16’s co-passenger on the upcoming Arianespace mission – DIRECTV-14, built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV – arrived in French Guiana earlier this month and is being readied for launch at the Spaceport.

Ariane 5’s early December flight is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers, which also includes the medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega.
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GSAT-16 is proposed as providing continuity of Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) in Normal C, Upper Extended C and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum.

The satellite will have IMS coverage including Indian Main land, AN,
Lakshadweep, Srilanka, Maldives Islands in C band, & Indian main land and Andaman-Nicobar Islands coverage in Ku Band.

Type/Applications:Communication
Orbit Location:55E in Geo
Mission Life:12 Years
Equipments:24 Normal C-band transponders, 12 Upper Extended C-band transponders, 12 Ku-band transponders 01 Ku-Beacon transmitter.
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