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Cabinet approves design, development of GSAT-10

The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal to undertake the design and development of GSAT-10 spacecraft at a cost of Rs.735 crores with a foreign exchange component of Rs.634.00 crores.

The GSAT-10 satellite, with 12 high power Ku-band transponders, 12 C-band and 12 Extended C band India coverage transponders and a navigation payload, will replace the ageing INSAT-2E and INSAT-3B satellites, create additional capacity for DTH-like applications and provide on-orbit back-up for the GAGAN navigation payload, an official statement said.

The spacecraft structure is designed for a lift-off mass of about 3337 kg with a dry mass of approximately 1432 kg. The spacecraft will employ a proven 1-3K structure used to realize INSAT-4A and 4B satellites. The spacecraft is configured with 2-sided solar array panels to generate around 6 KW of DC power.

The GSAT-10 spacecraft is planned to be realized within 20 months, the statement added.

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