India’s telecommunication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Friday from Kourou launch base, French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-251.
GSAT-30 is configured on Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) 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.
Weighing 3357 kg, GSAT-30 is to serve as a 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.
Here are the details:
Launch Mass: 3357 kg
Mission Life: More than 15 years Ariane-5 VA-251
Type of Satellite: Communication
Orbit Type: GSO