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India's GSAT-31 successfully launched from French Guiana

Published on February 09, 2019
India's communication satellite GSAT-31 was successfully launched from the spaceport in French Guiana.
India's GSAT-31 successfully launched from French Guiana
  • GSAT-31 was launched from the launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-247.

Salient features of the GSAT-31:

  • GSAT-31 would be placed at Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
  • GSAT-31 will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit.
  • GSAT-31 derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series and will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.
  • GSAT-31 will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock-exchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and e-governance applications.
  • GSAT-31 will also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging telecommunication applications.

Interesting to know:

  • After separation from the upper stage of Ariane-5, the two solar arrays of GSAT-31 were automatically deployed in quick succession and ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-31.
  • ISRO scientists will now undertake phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres to place the satellite in Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) using its onboard propulsion system.
  • The satellite would be then placed in its final orbital configuration.

Question:

Q. India's communication satellite GSAT-31 was successfully launched from a spaceport in which place?
a. German Guiana
b. Swiss Guiana
c. English Guiana
d. French Guiana
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