The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch GSAT-30, a communication satellite on the Ariane-5 launch vehicle (VA 251) from French Guiana on 17 January. The 3,357 kg satellite is slated to detonate from the Kourau to the Arian launch complex, a French region located along the northeast coast of South America at 2:35 pm IST.
ISRO said, “GSAT-30 INSAT-4A works as a replacement for spacecraft services.” The satellite provided coverage of the Indian mainland and islands in the Ku-band and expanded coverage in the C-band covering the Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia.
With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communications satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services. The satellite is configured to provide communication services from geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands on ISRO’s enhanced I-3Kbus structure.
This satellite derives its legacy from ISRO’s first INSAT / GSAT satellite series. Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO said that GSAT-30’s communication payload has been specially designed and is optimized to maximize the number of transponders on the spacecraft’s bus. According to the space agency, the satellite will be used for VSAT networks, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite news gathering (DSNG), DTH television services, cellular backhall connectivity and many more. A Ku-band beacon downlink signal is transmitted to a foreground-tracking objective.
For its initial flight in 2020, Arianspace said on its website that it would be orbiting the Utelsat Konct, a telecommunications satellite for operator Utlesat, with GSAT-30, using the faction Space Center’s Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Since the launch of India’s APPLE Experimental Satellite on Ariane Flight L03 in 1981, Arianspace has orbited 23 satellites and signed 24 launch contracts with the Indian Space Agency.