ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has announced the launch of communication satellite GSAT30. GSAT30 will launch through Ariane-5 launch vehicle from Kourou launch base in French Guiana and it has been scheduled at 2:35 am of January 17, 2020.
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.
Launch of communication satellite, #GSAT30 onboard Ariane-5 launch vehicle from Kourou launch base in French Guiana is scheduled at 0235 Hrs of January 17, 2020 (IST). Read more at https://t.co/i8319iiG0x pic.twitter.com/dSsYU9shAV— ISRO (@isro) January 13, 2020
GSAT30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, Television uplink and VSAT (A very small aperture terminal is a two-way ground station that transmits and receives data from satellites) services.
GSAT30 is a communication satellite of India which 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.
GSAT30 Spacecraft serve as a replacement to INSAT-4A sapcecraft services with enhanced coverage. The communication payload of GSAT30 satellite is specifically designed and optimized to maximize the number of transponders on the spacecraft bus.
The dual Gridded Reflector Antenna will provide wide range coverage of C-band and Ku-band Gregorian Antenna will provide coverage to Indian mainland and Islands. The on-board Ku-band beacon transmitter will enable earth station to point their antennas towards the satellite.
Application of GSAT30:
1)GSAT30 will be extensively used for supporting VSAT network, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite news gathering (DSNG), DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications.
2) It also provides the extended coverage in C-band, which helps the television broadcasters to beam their programmes over India, Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia.
3) One Ku-band beacon downlink signal is transmitted for ground-tracking purpose.