It is another giant leap from ISRO, as the Indian Space Research Organization is all set to launch GSAT 16, the highly sophisticated communication satellite on Friday, December 5, 2014.
The satellite will be launched at precisely 2.08 AM IST from Kourou in French Guiana.
The launch of GSAT-16 is expected to increase the national space capacity with 48 transponders. The satellite is loaded with C-band and Ku-band transponders, and it will literally enhance the quality of emergency communications and TV services in the country.
The spacecraft in which GSAT-16 is going will also carry DIRECTV-14. Built by Space Systems, Loral, DIRECTV-14 will provie Direct-To-Home Television broadcast for people in the United States of America.
The pictures received through DIRECTV-14 will be of impeccable quality with Ultra HD quality, and it will also offer new Consumer Services. GSAT-16 will weigh approximately 3,180 kg at liftoff.
The DIRECTV-14 satellite will be separated after 27 minutes of launch, and GSAT-16 will be followed in the 32nd minute.
ISRO is climbing the stairs of success and glory with the launch of this new satellite, GSAT-16. Earlier, in January 2014, ISRO had launched GSAT-14.
The launch of GSAT-16 was previously scheduled on 2015, but due to user needs, it has been advanced by six months.
ISRO Chairman, K.Radhakrishnan, the think tank behind the launch confirmed the news of date advancement. He added that this is the highest number of transponders which has been packed to an Indian Spacecraft ever in its history.