GSAT-31, India’s 40th communication satellite with a lift-off mass of 2,536 kgs, has been put into place by an Arianespace rocket. It was launched on Wednesday from the spaceport in French Guiana. As per ISRO, the launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-247 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:3 am carrying GSAT-31 and Saudi Geostationary Satellite. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said, “GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage. The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands.” It will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock exchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and e-governance applications and will also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging telecommunication applications. It took a 42 minute flight for GSAT-31 to get separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage, in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a perigee (nearest point to earth) of 250 km and an apogee (farthest point to earth) of 35,850 km, inclined at an angle of three degree to the equator. “It gives me great pleasure on the successful launch of GSAT-31 spacecraft onboard Ariane-5, this is the third mission for ISRO in 2019,” ISRO Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) Director S Pandian said soon after the launch.
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