India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-31 successfully launched

Chennai, Feb 6:India’s latest communication satellite  GSAT-31 was successfully launched from the Spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Chennai, Feb 6:India’s latest communication satellite  GSAT-31 was successfully launched from the Spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana in the early hours of Wednesday.
The launch vehicle Ariane-5 VA-247 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 0230 hrs (IST) carrying GSAT-31 and Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 satellites, as scheduled.
After a 42-minute flight, GSAT-31 separated from the Ariane-5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 250 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,850 km, with an inclination of 3.0 degree to the equator, an ISRO release said.
With a lift-off mass of 2536 kg, GSAT-31, with a mission life of 15 years, will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in the Geostationary Orbit.
Speaking after the successful launch, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan
said “GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage’.
‘The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands”’, he said, adding, “GSAT-31 will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stockexchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), besides
e-governance applications.’
The satellite would also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging telecommunication applications, Dr Sivan said.

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