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Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2011-034A
SATCAT no.37746
Mission durationPlanned: 8 years
Elapsed: 8 years, 8 months
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass1,412 kilograms (3,113 lb)
Dry mass559 kilograms (1,232 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date15 July 2011, 11:18 (2011-07-15UTC11:18Z) UTC
RocketPSLV-XL C17
Launch siteSatish Dhawan SLP
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude83° East
Perigee altitude35,782 kilometres (22,234 mi)
Apogee altitude35,803 kilometres (22,247 mi)
Inclination0.01 degrees
Period23.93 hours
Epoch25 December 2013, 01:49:32 UTC[2]
Band12 Extended C band
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GSAT-12 is communication satellite designed and developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation. It is the only satellite to be launched and placed using PSLV.


GSAT-12 is considered to be a replacement of the aged satellite INSAT-3B. It will provide services like tele-education, tele-medicine, disaster management support and satellite internet access.[3]

People behind the GSAT-12[edit]

GSAT-12 was launched by the all women core team. The project director was Anuradha TK, the mission director was Pramoda Hegde and the Operations director was Anuradha.S.Prakash.


GSAT-12 is equipped with 12 Extended C-band transponders.


GSAT-12 was launched onboard PSLV-XL C-17 from second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre on July 15, 2011.[4] The tentative life of satellite is 8 years.[5][6]


  1. ^ "UCS Satellite Database". Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  2. ^ Peat, Chris (25 December 2013). "GSAT 12 - Orbit". Heavens Above. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  3. ^ "GSAT-12 reaches its home in a circular geo-synchronous orbit". The HIndu. Jul 15, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "ISRO successfully launches latest communication satellite GSAT-12". Economic Times. Jul 15, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "GSAT-12".
  6. ^ "GSAT-12 powered by PSLV is ready to launch".