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India launches latest communication satellite GSAT-31 onboard European launch vehicle

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India's latest communication GSAT-31 was successfully launched from the in at 2

Blasting off from Kourou Launch Base at Kouro, the Ariane-5 vehicle-injected GSAT-31 into the orbit in a flawless flight lasting about 42 minutes.

Weighing about 2,535 kg, the GSAT-31 will provide on some of the in-orbit

GSAT-31 derives its heritage from ISRO's earlier INSAT/series, the space agency said, adding it will provide to Indian mainland and islands.

tweeted: "2019 is off to a roaring start for #Arianespace! Flight #VA247, carrying Saudi Geostationary 1/Hellas Sat 4 and GSAT-31, is a confirmed success that underscores our leadership position in the geostationary launch market. @KACST #HellasSat @ISRO @LockheedMartin."

said, "GSAT-31 was the 23rd ISRO satellite orbited by and Ariane-series launchers, tracing the relationship back to India's small experimental communications spacecraft, lofted in 1981 by an 1 version."

"Arianespace is honoured ISRO has entrusted 5 for two launches back-to-back, with the last 5 of 2018 launching GSAT-11, and today the first one of the year 2019, which orbited GSAT-31!" added.

"GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage. The satellite will provide to Indian mainland and islands" Dr K Sivan said.

GSAT-31 is India's which is configured on ISRO's enhanced 'I-2K Bus', utilising the maximum "bus capabilities" of this type.

This satellite will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit, ISRO said.

With a mission life of around 15 years, GSAT-31 will be used for supporting networks, Television uplinks, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), DTH-television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications.

Dr K Sivan said, "GSAT-31 will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock-exchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and The satellite will also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging "

It also provides wide beam coverage to facilitate communication over the large oceanic region comprising large parts of Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean, using a wideband transponder.

According to ISRO, two Ku-band beacon downlink signals are transmitted for ground tracking purpose.

Along with GSAT-31, the Ariane 5 vehicle (Flight VA-247) also carried Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4

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First Published: Wed, February 06 2019. 05:59 IST