India’s GSAT-30 communication satellite has been successfully placed in its intended orbit after lift-off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana.
The GSAT-30 was aboard the launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251, along with Eutelsat’s Eutelsat Konnect. It is owned and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The satellite was released from Ariane 5 after 38 minutes 25 seconds into the launch in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
The 3,357kg GSAT-30 was inspired by ISRO’s previous satellite INSAT/GSAT series and will replace INSAT-4A, the first in INSAT-4 Satellites series.
ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan said: “GSAT-30 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage. 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.”
Following the separation, the GSAT-30 is controlled and commanded by ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka.
The satellite will undergo orbit-raising manoeuvres in the coming days to place it into Geostationary Orbit, 36,000km above the equator.
Two solar arrays and the antenna reflectors of the GSAT-30 will be deployed when the satellite enters the final stages of its orbit-raising manoeuvres followed by the concluding orbital configuration.
The satellite will be ready for commercial operational after completing all in-orbit tests.
Last month, ISRO launched the country’s most advanced surveillance satellite into orbit following its lift-off onboard the PSLV-C48 rocket.