India is constantly strengthening itself in the Field of Space Technology. So far, India has successfully established 40 Communication satellites in Orbit.
In order to strengthen its grip in the field of space technology, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the 40th Telecommunication satellite GSAT-31 through Ariana-5 VA-247 rocket on 06 February from Kourou launch base, French Guiana at 2:31 AM (IST). 42 minutes of projectile GSAT-31 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
The GSAT-31 satellite will provide its communication service in remote areas of India, in oceanic regions such as the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, up to 15 years. Apart from this, we also can access facilities such as DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock-exchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), e-governance applications and bulk data transfer from this satellite.
“GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage. The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and island.” ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said.
Weighing about 2536 kg, GSAT-31 fulfilled the space of previous communication satellite INSAT-4 CR (launched by ISRO in 2007), who’s life end soon, with new services.
Written by Kartikay Shukla
He is a PhD scholar in Science and Technology Communication in National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (erstwhile CSIR-NISCAIR) one of the prestigious labs of CSIR in India. He is trained in popularizing science through writing, graphic designing and outreach programs. Currently, he is associated with an NGO name Search for Truth and Return to Science as a volunteer. He did his Master of Science in Science and Technology Communication from CSIR- National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi and he completed his Bachelor of Science in Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar Uttarakhand.