Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s GSAT-30 satellite successfully launched aboard Ariane rocket on Friday. “India’s communication satellite #GSAT30 was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by #Ariane5 #VA251. Thanks for your support !!!,” ISRO said in a tweet. “#GSAT30 successfully separated from the upper stage of #Ariane5 #VA251,” ISRO said in another tweet.
While confirming the successful launch, Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël said in a tweet, “A strong start to 2020 as #Ariane5 successfully deploys its two satellite passengers – EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 – into geostationary transfer orbit! I appreciate the trust from the two customers on this mission: @Eutelsat_SA and @ISRO #VA251 #MissiontoSuccess.”
Meanwhile, ISRO’s UR Rao Satellite Centre Director, P Kunhikrishnan, who was present in Kourou, lauded the ISRO community and Arianespace team on the successful launch of GSAT-30 satellite.
GSAT-30 is brought as a replacement to the “ageing” INSAT-4A spacecraft services, ISRO has said adding that the satellite provides Indian mainland and coverage of islands in Ku-band and an extended coverage in C-band covering Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia. GSAT-30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services.
As per report, the spacecraft would be used for supporting VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite news gathering (DSNG), DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications.