The communication satellite, aimed at providing high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services, went off from the Ariane Launch Complex in Kourou, a French territory located in Northeastern coast of South America, at 2:35 am IST.
India’s ‘high power’ communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched onboard Ariane 5 rocket in the early hours of Friday. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the ‘flawless flight’ lasted about 38 minutes.
Confirming the successful launch, Arianespace CEO Stphane Isral 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 is to serve as replacement to the “aging” INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage, ISRO has said, adding 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.