ISRO will launch the GSAT-24 satellite mission on June 22 from the Kourou spaceport, French Guinea. Here are all the details.
ISRO is launching another satellite mission later this month and this could largely benefit DTH TV subscriber bases. The satellite mission, called the GSAT-24, is a communications satellite and will be launched on June 22 by Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana. India Limited (NSIL), a government-owned company of India under the Department of Space (DoS), is undertaking a GSAT-24 satellite mission as its first demand-driven mission after space reforms”.
The GSAT-24 satellite is dedicated to DTH operations and can help with the wider distribution of services across the country. The GSTA-24 is a 24-Ku-band communications satellite that weighs 4180 kg. The satellite will be able to provide pan-Indian coverage to meet DTH application needs.
ISRO to launch GSAT-24 satellite soon
From now on, GSAT-24 will be fully used by one DTH service provider. The NSIL has leased the entire satellite capacity to Tata Play, according to ISRO. Tata Play, formerly known as Tata Sky, will use the satellite entirely for its service.
The GSAT-24 satellite completed its assembly, integration and environmental testing under the PSR (Pre-Shipment Review) committee on May 2. Once that was completed, the satellite and all of its allied equipment were then shipped to Kourou, French Guiana on May 18 on C-17 Globemaster aircraft, a PTI report said. As part of the launch procedures, the satellite is currently undergoing health and performance checks at cleanroom facilities in French Guiana, ISRO said.
On the other hand, ISRO is preparing for the Gaganyaan mission that would take Indian astronauts to space. The manned flight’s first stage was tested earlier last month, when ISRO successfully completed a static test of the human-rated solid stage booster (HS200). The booster will power the GSLV Mk3 rocket that will take the Gaganyaan project to space. The mission is expected to launch next year with two unmanned space flights.