India has successfully placed the communication satellite GSAT 30 into orbit. The launch was carried out by the European Space Agency ArianeSpace from the French Guana Space Center at around 2.35 am on Friday morning. It was launched by the European Space Agency with its Ariane 5 rocket.
The launch of GSAT-30 will improve telecom services in the country. 38 minutes after its launch, the satellite was set to orbit the Earth. GSAT-30 weighing 3,357 kg will replace INSAT-4A, whose service period has been completed. GSAT-30 will not only work as INSAT-4A, but will also provide better facilities.
The satellite will provide high quality television services, telecommunications and broadcasting services in remote areas, and digital news related facilities. GSAT-30 will have a tenure of 15 years. The GSAT payload is designed in such a way that it can maximize the number of transponders of the spacecraft.
P. Kunhikrishnan, Director, ISRO’s UR Rao Satellite Center and V. Narayanan, Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Center were present at the French Guiana Space Center during the launch. On the successful launch of GSAT-30, ISRO Chairman K. Shivan said that ‘GSAT-30 will replace INSAT-4A and provide many communication services. It will provide DTH services, digital news and Ku-band communication services.
GSAT-30 is ISRO’s first launch of the year 2020. Along with this, it is also the first launch of European space agency Arianspace. The special thing is that the European Space Agency’s launch vehicle Ariane 5 to GSAT 30 was first launched in 2019, even then Indian satellite was launched from it.
France’s space agency Arianespace Space Agency and India have had a long standing cooperation in the field of space. India’s APPLE satellite was launched for the first time in 1981 from Ariane Flight L03. So far, the Arianspace agency has successfully launched 23 satellites in India.