Chennai, Feb 5: India's 40th Communication Satellite GSAT-31, weighing 2,535 kg, would be launched early on Wednesday morning by the Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana.
Sources said the launch would take place between IST 0231 hrs and 0332 hrs on February six. This is the first launch of 2019 from Kourou and 103rd Ariane-5 mission and the 70th with an Ariane 5 ECA version, which will launch two telecommunications satellites--Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4, a condosat for KACST and Hellas Sat, along with GSAT-31 for the Indian Space Research Organisation
The success of the mission would confirm Ariane-5's leadership in the geostationary launch services market segment. About 42 minutes and 27 secs after lift off, the satellites will be separated and injected into the orbit. GSAT-31, which would go as a lower passenger of Ariane-5, was a telecommunication satellite designed and manufactured by ISRO that would provide communications services in Ku-band for at least 15 years.
GSAT-31 will essentially help bridge the digital divide in the Indian sub-continent as part of an ambitious Indian space program, whose objectives are to develop India while pursuing science research and planetary exploration.(UNI)