Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) informed that its latest telecommunication satellite, GSAT-30, was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on January 17, 2020 from Kourou launch base, French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-251.
GSAT-30 is configured on ISRO’s enhanced I-3K Bus structure to provide communication services from Geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands. The satellite derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series.
The operational life of GSAT-30 is more than 15 years.
Weighing 3357 kg, GSAT-30 is to serve as a replacement to INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage. The satellite provides Indian mainland and islands coverage in Ku-band and extended coverage in C-band covering Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia.
Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel took to Twitter to inform about the successful launch. “Flight #VA251 marked another #Arianespace success for @ISRO, with a total of 24 spacecraft orbited for #India’s space agency. Thanks for your continued confidence on today’s #MissiontoSuccess” he wrote.
“As we enter the year of our 40th anniversary, Arianespace is targeting a record pace in 2020. It begins with this initial success of Ariane 50 at the service of two long-standing customers and partners: the French operator Eutelsat, and ISRO, the Indian space agency. I would like to thank our two loyal customers for entrusting us”, said Stephane Israel.
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