Carrying on the success story from last year Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has started 2020 on the right note. The launch of “high power” communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully executed.
GSAT-30 which is a communication satellite was launched onboard of Ariane-5. The launch took place from Kourou launch base in French Guiana early morning today as per the Indian Standard Time (IST).
The launch took place early morning 2:35 AM IST and within 38 minutes of flawless flight Ariane-5 placed GSAT-30 into the orbit. Confirming the successful launch, Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël tweeted, “A strong start to 2020 as #Ariane5 successfully deploys its two satellite passengers – EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 – into geostationary transfer orbit.
With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services and would serve as a replacement to the “aging” INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage.
As per ISRO GSAT 30 would be extensively used for supporting VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite news gathering (DSNG), DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications.
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EUTELSAT KONNECT which was launched along with GSAT 30 is a telecommunication satellite. It would be used for the operator Eutelsat and is produced by Thales Alenia Space. This was the 24th satellite that Arianespace has orbited for India since the launch of India’s APPLE experimental satellite on Ariane Flight L03 in 1981.
Inputs from India Today