India to launch communication satellite GSAT-31 aboard Ariane-5

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would be launching its latest communication satellite GSAT-31, aboard Ariane-5 (VA 247) on 06 February 2019 from French Guiana.

Ariane-5 is the launch vehicle of the European launch services provider Arianespace. According to Arianespace, the launch of Ariane-5 (VA 247) is scheduled for 2:31 am India time on February 6. In its first mission on 2019, Arianespace would be launching two telecommunications satellites with Ariane 5.

GSAT-31 is a telecommunications satellite designed and manufactured by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Weighing about 2,535 kg, the Indian satellite will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.

The satellite derives its heritage from ISROs earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series. It will provide Indian mainland and island coverage. It is India’s 40th communication satellite. Hellas Sat (Greece – Cyprus) aims to provide telecommunications services in the Middle East, South Africa, and Europe.

Also called HS-4/SGS-1, the satellite is a geostationary condos at for KACST (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology- Saudi Arabia). The Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1 communications payload will provide advanced Ka-band spot beam communications services for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s KACST, including secure communications for the Gulf Cooperative Council region.

The Hellas Sat 4 communications payload, on the other hand, will offer advanced Ku-band regional beam communications services for Arabsat’s subsidiary Hellas Sat, a Greek-Cypriot satellite operator which provides services to leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) operators by delivering contents to more than three million households.

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