ISRO successfully launched GSAT-31 communication satellite,replacement for dying satellite INSAT-4CR from French Guiana



ISRO(Indian Space Research Organization) along with Arianespace successfully launched GSAT-31 into the Geostationary Transfer Orbit(GTO) on February 06, 2019 at 2:31 am (IST) from the European Spaceport in French Guiana. GSAT-31 will be a replacement for INSAT-4CR which is shutting down at a faster rate. GSAT-31 will also help to continue the services provided by the other communication staellites.

After the launch, ISRO's Satish Dhawan Space Centre Director S Pandian said,"It gives me great pleasure on the successfull launch of GSAT-31 spacecraft onboard Ariane-5, this is the third mission fir ISRO in 2019".
GSAT-31 is the 40th communication satellite of India, weighing 2,536 kg and is expected to have a mission life of 15 years. The launch vehicle Ariane-5 VA-247 was used to launch GSAT-31 from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana. It took 42 minutes flight to separate the satellite from the launch vehicle Ariane-5. The satellite will be operational in the Ku-band in the geostationary orbit. It has a coverage area of Indian Mainland and Island. GSAT-31 will be used for Television uplinks, supporting Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks, Digital Satellite News Gathering, DTH television services, cellular connectivity and many such applications with other communication satellites.

Ariane-5 rocket is the launch vehicle of Arianespace which is capable of launching heavy satellites into the space. This was the 23rd successful launch of an Indian Satellite by an Ariane vehicle. Prior to this launch, Arianespace launched India's heaviest satellite GSAT-11 weighing 5,854 kg on December 04, 2018. According to the ISRO's Officials, Arianespace will also help in launching another satellite of ISRO GSAT-30 in June-July.

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