GSAT-30  will provide  DTH  Television  Services, connectivity to  VSATs for  ATM,  Stock-exchange,  Television uplinking and Teleport  Services,

India’s communication satellite GSAT-30 launched successfully; e-governance and other communications to benefit

India’s latest communication satellite  GSAT-30  was successfully launched from the  Spaceport in  French  Guiana during the early hours of Jan 17th.

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.

Dr.  Sivan also said that  “GSAT-30  will provide  DTH  Television  Services, connectivity to  VSATs for  ATM,  Stock-exchange,  Television uplinking and Teleport  Services,  Digital  Satellite  News  Gathering  (DSNG)  and  e-governance applications.  The  satellite  will  also  be  used  for  bulk  data  transfer  for  a  host  of emerging  telecommunication  applications.”

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 maneuvers 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.

Source: PIB

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