GSAT-30 is ISRO’s first big achievement in the new year and new decade.
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) successfully launched GSAT-30 satellite, India’s ‘high power’ television, telecommunications and broadcasting services onboard Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in the early hours of Friday. The GSAT-30 satellite blasted off from the Ariane Launch Complex in Kourou, a French territory located in the northeastern coast of South America at 2:35 in the morning according to the Indian standard time. Arianespace, a European space consortium’s Ariane 5 vehicle-injected GSAT-30 into the orbit in a flawless flight lasting about 38 minutes. This is ISRO’s first big achievement in the new year and new decade.
What is GSAT-30 satellite?
GSAT-30 is a 3,357-kg satellite which 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, and is equipped with 12 Ku and 12 C band transponders.
This satellite is to serve as replacement to the “ageing” INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage. The GSAT-3- 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.
The operational communication satellite for DTH, VSAT and television uplink services has a life of about 15 years. The communication payload of GSAT-30 is specifically designed and optimized to maximize the number of transponders on the spacecraft bus.
According to the ISRO, the spacecraft would be extensively used for supporting VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network, television uplinking and teleport services, DTH television services, digital satellite news gathering (DSNG), cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications. The Ku-band beacon downlink signal is transmitted for ground-tracking purpose.
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