The Indian Space Research Organization is set to launch its 40th GSAT-31 communications satellite on Wednesday from the spaceport in French Guiana.
The 15-year lifespan satellite will provide continuity to operational services on some of the orbiting satellites and increase Ku-band transponder capacity in geostationary orbit, the space agency said.
In a statement, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said the satellite, which weighs around 2,535 kg, is scheduled for launch aboard the Ariane-5 (VA247) from Kourou in French Guiana.
“The GSAT-31 satellite is configured on ISRO’s enhanced I-2K bus, using the maximum bus capacities of this type.
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The satellite derives its heritage from ISRO’s previous INSAT / GSAT series of satellites. The satellite provides coverage to the island and the Indian mainland, ”the agency said.
ISRO also said that the GSAT-31 will be used to support VSAT networks, television uplinks, satellite digital news gathering, DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity, and many similar applications.
The satellite will also provide wide beam coverage to facilitate communication in a large oceanic region comprising much of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean using a broadband transponder, ISRO said.
The agency added that two Ku-band beacon downlink signals are transmitted for the purpose of ground tracking.