India’s 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 has been launched successfully from French Guiana. The Ariane-5 rocket lifted off with it from Kourou Launch Base, and in 42-minutes, placed it in the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
It was immediately taken control by Indian Space Research Organization ISRO scientists from its Hassan facility in Karnataka. GSAT-31 will provide transponder capacity for DTH television and connectivity to services like VSATs for ATMs, stock-exchanges, Digital Satellite News Gathering DSNG and e-governance applications.
About GSAT-31 in Brief:
- The satellite GSAT-31 has the footprint over both mainland India and her island territories.
- It has an operational life of over fifteen years, offering seamless services by replacing the ageing INSAT-4CR satellite.
- GSAT-31 is India’s 40th communication satellite.
- GSAT-31 had a lift-off mass of 2536 kg.
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