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GSAT 12, an Indian communications satellite, was launched from Sriharikota Island on 15 July 2011 at 11:18 UT by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The satellite weighed 1.41 tonnes. GSAT 12 has 12 extended C-band transponders and will be placed in a permanent operating position at 83 degrees E longitude, where it will be co-located with the INSAT 2E and INSAT 4A communications satellites. The satellite will reach across India, beaming telemedicine, remote education, weather forecasts and other public service information to rural communities. GSAT 12 replaces capacity on the INSAT 3B satellite launched in 2000. It has a design life of eight years.

Alternate Names

  • 37746
  • GSAT12
  • GramSat 12

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-07-15
Launch Vehicle: PSLV
Launch Site: Sriharikota, India
Mass: 1410 kg

Funding Agency

  • Indian Space Research Organization (India)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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