India’s GSAT-24 communications satellite will be launched by Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana on June 22, the Indian Space Research Organization said in a mission status update on Tuesday.
“NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a government company under the Ministry of Space (DoS), is performing the GSAT-24 mission as the first demand-driven mission after space reforms,” the Bengaluru-based space agency said.
GSAT-24 is a 24 Ku-band communications satellite weighing 4,180 kg with pan-India coverage for the needs of DTH applications. A statement from ISRO said NSIL had conducted the entire satellite capacity for Tata Play.
The GSAT-24 satellite, after completing assembly, integration and environmental testing, was approved by the PSR (Pre-shipment Review) panel on May 2.
The satellite and allied equipment were shipped to Kourou, French Guiana on May 18 using a C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
As part of the launch campaign activities, the satellite is currently undergoing health/performance checks at clean room facilities in French Guiana.
France-based Arianespace satellite launch service announced in April that India’s latest on-demand satellite communications satellite, PSU NSIL, will be launched on June 22. It said the satellites will be launched for two of Arianespace’s old customers – MEASAT, the leading Malaysian satellite operator, and NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), an Indian government company under the Ministry of Space (DOS).
“The first Ariane 5 of the year will orbit two geostationary communications satellites, MEASAT-3D and GSAT-24,” Arianespace said in a statement.
MEASAT-3d, which will partner with MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b in the 91.5° East orbital aperture, is a multi-mission communications satellite built by Airbus Defense and Space. “This new satellite will significantly boost broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps per user in areas with limited or no terrestrial network across Malaysia while continuing to provide redundancy and additional capacity for HD video distribution, and 4k, and ultimately 8k in the Asia Pacific region,” he said.