Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-31 communication satellite was launched by Arianespace Ariane-5 from French Guiana. ISRO’s GSAT-31 is equipped with Ku-band which will replace inactive satellites.
The communication satellite took off from French territory situated in Northeaster coast of South America named Kourou. The European launch vehicle, Ariane-5 settled GSAT-31 into the orbit.
Indian Space Research Organisation’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Director S. Pandian said: “It gives me great pleasure on the successful launch of GSAT-31 spacecraft on board Ariane-5. This Communication Satellite is equipped with Ku-band will replace satellites that are going to expire”.
Earlier, Ariane-5 also carried Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4. The GSAT-31 weighs approximately 2, 536 kg and support operational services to satellites in the orbit.
The GSAT-31 is derived from INSAT/GSAT satellite service and will provide communication services for both mainland and islands of India, including the large oceanic region with the help of wideband transponders. It is ISRO’s 40th geostationary satellite upgraded with ‘I-2K Bus’. The satellite is equipped with Ku-band transponder capacity to support VSAT networks, e-governance applications, DTH television services, cellular connectivity etc.
ISRO’s chairman K.Sivan emphasised saying, “GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage”.
ISRO will also launch another communication satellite called GSAT-30 in collaboration with Arianespace. “Soon we will be getting back to French Guiana sometime in June, July to launch GSAT-30,” Mr. Pandian, Director, ISRO Propulsion Complex said.
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