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Mission type Communication
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 2011-022A
Mission duration 12 Years
Spacecraft properties
Bus I-3K
Manufacturer ISRO
Launch mass 3,093 kilograms (6,819 lb)
Dry mass 1,426 kilograms (3,144 lb)
Power 6,242 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 20 May 2011, 20:38 (2011-05-20UTC20:38Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5ECA VA202
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 55° East
Band 24 Ku band

GSAT-8 is communication satellite. It was constructed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, as part of INSAT system. GSAT-8 was launched on May 21, 2011 from Kourou, French Guiana. The rocket, an Ariane 5 was the carrier, marketed by the European Arianespace.


Prior to launch, the spacecraft was transported from India to Cayenne – Rochambeau Airport in French Guiana by an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft. The success of the launch is said to have made up for the previous loss of two satellites on the indigenous GSLV rocket.[1][2]


  1. "GSAT-8 communication satellite launched successfully, India's advanced communication satellite". Indian Space Research Organisation. Retrieved 2013-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Naravane, Vaiju (21 May 2011). "Ariane 5 launches GSAT-8 from French Guiana, India's advanced communication satellite". Chennai, India: The Hindu.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>