The successful launch of GSAT-31 will enhance VSAT services for banking, e-governance, telecom bulk data transfers and communication for disaster management, said Ratan Shrivastava, advisor (space division),of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
'Designed and developed by ISRO, GSAT-31 is a high-power communication satellite in the Ku-band,' Ratan Shrivastava said. ‘GSAT-31 can also be configured for DTH services and the satellite will significantly add to the Ku-band capacity for VSAT application, he added.
It has 19 Ku-band transponders, with flexible frequency segment and flexible coverage providing effective communication in varied topology and remote areas of the country. It will also provide continuity to the INSAT 4CR and 4A.
India launched its 40th communication satelliteGSAT-31 successfully and placed in orbit on Wednesday by an Ariane5 rocket from French Guiana. The satellite will cover mainland and islands of the country and provide communication services such as DTH, ATMs connectivity and emergency communication, etc.
The rocket with the 2,535-kg satellite blasted off from the spaceport in French Guiana at 02:31 am (IST) as scheduled. The GSAT-31 is India's 40th communication satellite, which is configured based on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's enhanced I-2K Bus. It utilizes the maximum bus capabilities of this type.
With a mission life of around 15 years, GSAT-31 will be used for supporting VSAT networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, DTH-television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications.
It will also provide wide-beam coverage to facilitate communication over large oceanic regions, comprising large parts of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, using a wide-band transponder.
According to ISRO, two Ku-band beacon downlink signals are transmitted for ground tracking purposes. This satellite will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in geostationary orbit.