Claimed to be the country’s first satellite in this decade, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) on Friday launched GSAT-30 at 2:35 am IST. Aimed at providing high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services, this high power communication satellite was launched by European space agency’s heavy-lift launch vehicle Ariane-5 from French Guiana. In an official statement released by ISRO, the space agency stated that GSAT-30 was successfully placed in the geosynchronous orbit 38 minutes after the liftoff.
U R Rao, ISRO Satellite Centre Director P Kunhikrishnan was reportedly present in Kourou during the launch. Post the launch he took to media to congratulated the ISRO and Arianespace team over the successful launch. “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,” read the official website of ISRO minutes after the launch. With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services.