9 Facts You Should Know About GSAT-30

India's communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit by Ariane 5

V. Kumara Swamy Published Jan 17, 2020 17:48:18 IST
9 Facts You Should Know About GSAT-30 Photo credit: Arianespace (via ISRO/ Twitter)

India's high-powered communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from French Guiana in the early hours of Friday, 17 January 2020. Indian Satellite Research Organization’s (ISRO) Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of the satellite immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle. 

Here are nine things to know about the satellite:

1. It was launched on the vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251 from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:35 am Indian Standard Time (IST).

2. The lift-off weight of the satellite was 3357 kg.

3. GSAT-30 will serve as replacement for INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage.

4. In days to come, the satellite will be placed in Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) by using its on-board propulsion system.

5. It has C-band and Ku-band transponders. While Ku-band will cover Indian mainland and its Islands, C-band will provide a wider coverage.

6. GSAT-30 is a communication satellite for Direct to Home (DTH), television uplink and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services. 

7. Its C-band will provide extended coverage helping television broadcasters to beam their programmes over India, the Gulf countries and larger number of countries in Asia and Australia.

8. Its Ku-band downlink signal will be used for ground tracking purposes. It is mostly used for satellite TV and for VSAT systems.

9. The in-orbit ‘operational’ life of GSAT-30 is more than 15 years.

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