India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251 lifted off the satellite from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana.
Command and control of the GSAT
ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-30 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle. Preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal health. The satellite will be operational after the successful completion of all in-orbit tests.
- GSAT-30 is configured on ISRO’s enhanced I-3K Bus structure to provide communication services from Geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands.
- The satellite derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series.
- Weighing 3357 kg, GSAT-30 is to serve as a replacement to INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage.
- The designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-30 is more than 15 years.
- The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands through Ku-band and wide coverage covering Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia through C-band
- GSAT-30 will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock-exchange, Television uplinking and Teleport Services, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and e-governance applications.
- The satellite will also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging telecommunication applications