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ISRO to Launch GSAT-30 Satellite, Aboard Ariane 5 Rocket

On 17 January, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a GSAT-30 communication satellite aboard French Guiana’s Ariane-5 launch vehicle (VA 251). The 3,357 kg satellite is scheduled to blast off at 2:35am IST from the Ariane Launch Complex at Kourou, a French territory on South America’s northeastern coast.

“GSAT-30 is to serve as a replacement to INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage”, ISRO said. The satellite provides Indian mainland and islands coverage in Ku-band and extended coverage in C-band covering Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia, it added.

GSAT-30 has a 15-year contract life and is an active communication satellite for DTH, television uplink, and VSAT services. The satellite is designed to provide communication services from geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands on the ISRO’s enhanced I-3Kbus system.

ISRO Adds GSAT-30 Transponders on the Spacecraft Bus

The satellite derives its heritage from earlier ISRO satellite series INSAT / GSAT. ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru states that GSAT-30’s communication payload is specifically designs. It configured to maximize the number of transponders on the spacecraft bus.

The satellite to support the VSAT network. Also, television uplinking and teleport services, optical satellite news gathering (DSNG). Further, DTH television services, cellular backhaul access, and many other applications, according to the space agency. One downlink signal from the Ku-band beacon transmits forground-tracking function, it adds.

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