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GSAT 8 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 37605
Int'l Code: 2011-022A
Perigee: 35,780.0 km
Apogee: 35,807.6 km
Inclination: 0.1 °
Period: 1,436.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 42164 km
RCS: 6.3096 m2 (large)
Launch date: May 20, 2011
Source: India (IND)
Launch site: FRENCH GUIANA (FRGUI)

India's GSAT 8 satellite will be ready for communications duties by mid-June 2011 to start a 12-year mission beaming broadcast and navigation signals. It will be parked along the equator at 55 degrees east longitude after a series of rocket burns to guide GSAT 8 into the correct position in space. The spacecraft will augment India's INSAT communications satellite fleet. GSAT 8 will be used for direct-to-home broadcasting, data collection, news-gathering and other domestic needs. The satellite also carries a radio navigation instrument called GAGAN to augment GPS navigation signals. It is the first of multiple satellites with the GAGAN payload, which is designed to improve air navigation in India.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 37605U 11022A   18225.84667017 +.00000058 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9997
2 37605 000.0542 283.5575 0003273 340.0631 058.4040 01.00271532026517
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC