Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO is all set to begin it’s 2020 with a space mission that involves launching a communication satellite known as GSAT-30. The launch is scheduled for 17th January 2020.
What is unique about this mission is that ISRO hasn’t designed the rocket launcher which will carry the satellite to space. A rocket developed by Arianespace, the world’s leading satellite launch company, known as Ariane 5 will carry out the mission. Ariane Launch Complex situated in Kourou, a commune in French Guiana, South America will launch the satellite at 2:35 am IST.
GSAT-30 is worth 3357 kgs in weight. It will substitute INSAT-4A and provide better coverage. The latest communication satellite is supposed to last for 15 years and was specially created to increase the number of transponders in the satellite bus.
It has been specially designed to give better communication services via the geostationary orbit. Extended coverage will be provided by Ku-Band and C-Band, which are microwave frequencies used for satellite communication. GSAT-30 has been designed at ISRO’s I-3K bus structure.
VSAR networking, teleport services, digital satellite news gathering and television uplinking will have better connectivity once the satellite is launched. There will be an improvement in DTH Services and cellular backhaul connectivity also.
This is ISRO’s 25th launch contract with Arianespace.