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India Carries Out Its First Successful Space Launch For 2020

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India Carries Out Its First Successful Space Launch For 2020

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On January 17th, India successfully carried out its first space launch of the year.

The GSAT-30 communication satellite was launch, and it will replace an older spacecraft.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that the satellite had been successfully launched and had reached orbit without any issues.

The launch was carried out from a facility in French Guiana in conjunction with French-based aerospace firm, Arianespace, which provided its Ariane 5 rockets for the mission.

“By operating GSAT-30, ISRO will – once again – foster the use of space to help bridge the digital divide in the Indian subcontinent as part of its ambitious space program,” an Arianespace spokesperson said in a statement.

Another craft belonging to European satellite operator Eutelsat was also carried into orbit aboard the Ariane 5 rocket. Both satellites reached their destination about 30 minutes after liftoff.

The GSAT-30 satellite will replace an ageing spacecraft launched in 2005 and provide India with communication services well into the 2030s.

With a mission life of over 15 years, GSAT-30 “will provide DTH [direct-to-home] television Services, connectivity to VSATs [Very Small Aperture Terminals] for ATM, stock exchange, television uplinking and teleport services, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and e-governance applications,” Isro chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said.

“The satellite will also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging telecommunication applications,” Sivan said.

India Carries Out Its First Successful Space Launch For 2020

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GSAT-30 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.

India Carries Out Its First Successful Space Launch For 2020

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Weighing 3357 kg, GSAT-30 is to serve as replacement to INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage.  The 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 designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-30 is more than 15 years.

India Carries Out Its First Successful Space Launch For 2020

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India Carries Out Its First Successful Space Launch For 2020

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India Carries Out Its First Successful Space Launch For 2020

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