Successful launch of ISRO’s GSAT-24 from French Guiana

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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) satellite GSAT-24, built by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), was successfully launched by French company Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana (South America) on Thursday.

GSAT-24 is a 24 Ku band communication satellite weighing 4180 kg with pan-India coverage to meet the needs of DTH applications.

This was the first “demand-driven” satellite communications mission undertaken by NSIL after the space sector reforms.

NSIL, an Indian government company under the Ministry of Space, has leased the entire capacity of the satellite to Tata Play.

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GSAT-24 was launched aboard Ariane-V flight VA257 from the Center Spatial Guyanais, a European spaceport in Kourou.

It was reported earlier this month that the GSAT-24 satellite, after completing assembly, integration and environmental testing, was cleared by the Pre-Shipment Review (PSR) committee on May 2.

The satellite and its allied equipment were shipped to Kourou, French Guiana on May 18 using a C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

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France-based satellite launch service Arianespace announced in April that India’s brand new PSU NSIL on-demand communications satellite for Tata Sky will launch on June 22. He said the satellites will be launched for two long-time Arianespace customers – MEASAT, Malaysia’s leading satellite operator, and NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), an Indian government company under the Department of Space (DOS). .

MEASAT-3d, which will be co-located with MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b in the 91.5°E orbital slot, is a multi-mission telecommunications satellite built by Airbus Defense and Space. “This new satellite will dramatically improve broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps per user in areas with limited or no terrestrial network throughout Malaysia, while continuing to provide redundancy and additional capacity for HD video distribution. , 4K and eventually 8K in the Asia-Pacific region.” It said.

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