Indian space agency ISRO will launch GSAT-30, a communications satellite on January 17. The launch will take place from Kourou space center in French Guiana with an Ariane-5 rocket. The satellite will provide communications links to the state-run and private service providers. It will be the first launch of the year.
Update: The entire mission will last for 38 minutes and 25 seconds. The mission’s life cycle will be 15-years and will be placed at a longitude of 83° East. It will provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services to the Indian subcontinent, Australia and Gulf countries. The satellite is configured on ISRO’s enhanced I-3Kbus structure to provide communication services from geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands. The Ku band will be used for the ground tracking process.
“GSAT-30 is to serve as a replacement to INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage”, ISRO said.
In 2020, ISRO has plans to launch 25 missions including high-profile missions such as Chandrayan 3, Gaganyaan and Aditya-L1.
Chandrayaan 3: Scientists will launch Chandrayaan 3 by the end of the year. ISRO scientists will design and build an entirely new lander and rover. Since Orbiter is successfully orbiting around the moon, it will not be part of the Chandrayaan 3 mission. Chandrayaan 3 will feature less orbital manoeuvers than Chnadrayaan 2. To recall Chandrayaan 2 features 6 orbital manoeuvers.
Gaganyaan: The mission will aim to send a three-person crew to space for a period of seven days where they will do microgravity experiments. ISRO will use the GSLV Mk-III rocket for the mission. Prime Minister Narender Modi himself ask ISRO to complete the mission by 2022.
Originally published on January 4, 2019
Updated on January 14, 2020: Added a launch date for the event