New Delhi: India's latest communications satellite, GSAT-30, to enhance television, telecommunication and broadcasting services, was sucessfully launched by the European Commercial launcher Arianespace early on Friday. GSAT-30, the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) first mission of the year, blasted off on-board Arianespace's Ariane 5 launch vehicle at 2:35 am from the Ariane Launch Complex in Kourou, a French territory in teh northeastern coast of South America.
After a flight lasting a little more than 38 minutes, the GSAT-30 seprated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an ellipitical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. Over a few days, the on-board proppulsion system will conduct a series of orbit- raising manoeuvers to place the satellite in Geo-stationary Orbit. During the final stages of its orbit-raising operations, the two solar arrays and the antenna reflectors of GSAT-30 will be deployed. Equipped with 12C and 12 Ku-band transponders, the 3,357kg satellite has a mission life of 15 years and will join the 19 communication satellites currently operational. Ku-band is a microwave frequency band used for satellite communication and broadcasting, using frequencies of about 12 gigahertz for terrestrial reception and 14 gigahertz for transmission.
GSAT-30 will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands through Ku-band covering Gulf countries, and large number of Asian countries and Australia through C-band, ISRO Chairman K Sivan had said. It will enhance and take over the services of ISRO's ageging communication satellites INSAT 4A, whose official mission life ended in December 2017. ISRO has said GSAT-30 would be extensively used for the supporting very small aperture terminal (VSAT) network, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite news-gathering (DSNG), DTH television, cellular blackhaul connectivity etc.
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