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Thursday, December 08, 2022

India’s GSAT-24 satellite launched, full capacity leased to Tata Play

NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) launched GSAT-24, its first “demand-driven” communications satellite mission, in a revamp of the space sector, leasing the entire capacity on board to direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Play. But given.

Built by the Indian Space Research Organization for NSIL, the satellite was successfully placed in geostationary orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket operated by French company Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana (South America) on Thursday.

GSAT-24 is a 24-Ku band communication satellite weighing 4180 kg with pan-India coverage to meet the needs of DTH application.

NSIL, incorporated in March 2019, is a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Department of Space (DOS) and the commercial arm of ISRO.

As part of the “space reforms” announced by the government in June 2020, NSIL was mandated to undertake operational satellite missions on a “demand driven” model, including building, launching, owning and operating satellites and services for responsibility to provide. Committed customer.

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The entire satellite capacity of GSAT-24 will be leased out to its committed customer Tata Play, the DTH business of the Tata Group to meet their DTH application needs.

Ariane 5 has successfully placed two satellites into geostationary orbit: MEASAT-3d for Malaysian operator MEASAT, and GSAT-24, with Arianespace launching on-board Ariane-V VA257 flight from Guyana Space Center in Kourou, Europe’s Spaceport. Said after.

GSAT-24 is configured on ISRO’s proven I-3k bus with a mission life of 15 years.

“‘Demand-driven’ mode basically means that when the satellite is launched, someone will know who the end customers are going to be and what kind of usage and commitment is there so that once you get into orbit you This satellite capability can be utilized very effectively,” explained an NSIL official.

“Earlier, the mode was over-supply driven, with capacity leasing out after launch with no prior firm commitment by customers,” the official said.

NSIL said, “The entire mission is fully funded by NSIL – satellite, launch, launch campaign, insurance, transportation, in-orbit maintenance and support. Once the satellite is in orbit, it is wholly owned by NSIL. and will operate,” said NSIL Chairman and Managing Director Radhakrishnan Durairaj.

“So, we will be the satellite operator for this particular satellite,” he said.

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