India launches its latest communication satellite GSAT-30 successfully, Know its applications

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Biznextindia : India on Friday successfully launched its latest communication satellite  GSAT-30  from the  Spaceport in  French  Guiana.

The Satellite will provide  DTH  Television  Services, connectivity to  VSATs for  ATM,  Stock-exchange,  Television up-linking and Teleport  Services,  Digital  Satellite  News  Gathering  (DSNG)  and e-governance applications.  It will also be used for bulk data transfer for a  host of emerging telecommunication applications, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.

The launch vehicle  Ariane  5  VA-251  lifted off from  Kourou  Launch  Base,  French Guiana at  2:35  am  IST  carrying  India’s  GSAT-30  and  EUTELSAT  KONNECT  for Eutelsat,  as scheduled. After a  flight lasting  38  minutes  25  seconds,  GSAT-30  separated from the Ariane  5  upper stage in an elliptical  Geosynchronous  Transfer  Orbit.

With a  lift-off mass of  3357  kg,  GSAT-30 will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.  GSAT-30  derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT  satellite series and will replace  INSAT-4A  in orbit.

“GSAT-30  has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage.    The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands through  Ku-band and wide coverage covering  Gulf countries,  a  large number of  Asian countries and  Australia through  C-band” ISRO Chairman  Dr K Sivan said.

ISRO’s  Master  Control  Facility  (MCF)  at  Hassan in  Karnataka took over the command and control of  GSAT-30  immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle.  Preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal health.

In  the  days  ahead,  orbit-raising  manoeuvres  will  be  performed  to  place  the satellite  in  Geostationary  Orbit  (36,000  km  above  the  equator)  by  using  its  onboard  propulsion  system.   During  the  final  stages  of  its  orbit  raising  operations,  the  two  solar  arrays  and  the antenna  reflectors  of  GSAT-30  will  be  deployed.    Following  this,  the  satellite  will be  put  in  its  final  orbital  configuration.    The  satellite  will  be  operational  after  the successful  completion  of  all  in-orbit  tests.

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