In the third and final orbit-raising operation conducted
from Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka
at 10:36 am on March 16, 2007, India's latest communication
satellite Insat-4B has been successfully placed in near
deployment of its two solar panels and two antennas
was successfully completed. The two solar arrays of
Insat-4B together generate 5,860 W of electrical power.
The two antennae are used for various transmit and receive
functions. The satellite will be put to its three-axis
stabilised mode on March 17, 2007.
the latest maneuver, the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) on
board the satellite was fired for 3 min 50 sec and the
satellite has achieved an orbital period of 23 hours
and 52 minutes.
may be recalled that Insat-4B was successfully launched
by Ariane-5 on March 12, 2007 from Kourou, French Guyana.
The launch vehicle had placed the satellite in an orbit
with a perigee (closest point to earth) of 250 km and
apogee (farthest point to earth) of 35,886 km. The inclination
of the orbit with respect to the equator was 4.5 deg.
two orbit raising maneuvers conducted from MCF on March
13 and 14, 2007, Insat-4B's orbit had been raised to
32,878 km perigee and 35,736 km apogee with the orbital
inclination reduced to 0.19 deg.
satellite is presently located at 74.88 deg E longitude
and is drifting towards its final orbital position of
93.5 deg E. The satellite drift will be arrested at
80.5 deg E longitude to carry out in-orbit testing of
the payloads after which, it will be moved to 93.5 deg
E longitude where it will be co-located with Insat-3A.