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India to launch GSAT-10 in September

India's communication satellite GSAT-10 is ready to be shipped to the spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana for launch by European space consortium Arianespace in two months, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman, K Radhakrishnan.

"GSAT-10 with 30 transponders is ready to be shipped for launch. This launch is expected in the middle of September," the Press Trust of India quoted Radhakrishnan, also Secretary in the Department of Space and Chairman of the Space Commission, as saying.

GSAT-10 is a three-axis body stabilised geostationary satellite based on ISRO's three-tonne structure to provide communication services/augment existing services.

It carries 12 normal C band, six extended C band and 12 Ku band transponders. The satellite will have a minimum operational life of 15 years.

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