India puts GSAT-31 in orbit

India launched its third satellite for the year, the GSAT-31 from French Guiana. The GSAT-31 weights 2535 kilograms and is a communication satellite.

The GSAT-31 reached the it’s orbit around the earth in the 42nd minute from Ariane Launch Complex at Kourou.

“GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and coverage. It will provide communication services to Indian mainland and island,” ISRO chairman K Sivan said.

The GSAT-31 is the 40th communication satellite for India and will replace the InSAT satellite which is nearing the end of its lifespan. The GSAT-31 will help in television and DTH services and also cellular connectivity. It will have a lifespan of 15 years.

Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Director S Pandian said, “It gives me great pleasure on the successful launch of GSAT-31 spacecraft on board Ariane-5, this is the third mission for ISRO in 2019.”

India’s space agency and the French Arianespace signed a contract to launch 24 payloads for India.