On the 17th of January, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 41st communication satellite, GSAT-30.
At 2:35 A.M., on the 17th of January, the first mission of 2020 was launched by the European commercial launch services provider Arianespace from the Ariane Launch Complex in Kourou, a French territory located on the northeastern coast of South America.
The purpose behind launching the GSAT with Ariane 5 of European Space is to have enhanced television broadcasting, satellite based news gathering and direct to home (DTH) services.
Stéphane Israël, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arianespace, confirmed the successful launch on his Twitter handle. He tweeted, “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.”
GSAT-30, a 3,357 kg satellite, was launched from the lower position of Europe’s Ariane 5 vehicle, which would have a lifespan of 15 years and would join 19 other operational satellites.
GSAT-30 would specifically provide communication services and support VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite news gathering (DSNG), DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and several other applications.
Twitterati are congratulating ISRO for the successful launch, with #ISRO.