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Isro set to launch communication satellite GSAT-31 on February 6

ISRO also said the GSAT-31 will be used for supporting VSAT networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, DTH television services, cellular back haul connectivity etc

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The Indian Space Research Organization intends to send an uncrewed orbiter, lander and rover to the moon in the first half of 2018

The is all set to launch its 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 on Wednesday from the in

The satellite with a mission life of 15 years will provide on some of the in-orbit and augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit, the space agency said.

In a statement, the (ISRO) said the satellite, weighing about 2,535 kg, is scheduled for launch onboard the Ariane-5 (VA247) from Kourou in

"The satellite GSAT-31 is configured on ISRO's enhanced I-2K Bus, utilising the maximum bus capabilities of this type. The satellite derives its heritage from ISROs earlier INSAT/ The satellite provides Indian mainland and island coverage," the agency said.

also said the GSAT-31 will be used for supporting networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, DTH television services, cellular back haul connectivity and many such applications.

The satellite will also provide wide beam coverage to facilitate communication over large oceanic region comprising large part of the Arabian Sea, the and the using wide band transponder, said.

The agency added that two Ku-band beacon downlink signals are transmitted for ground tracking purpose.

First Published: Mon, February 04 2019. 12:25 IST
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