GSAT-24, an Indian satellite, is being tested in a European spaceport before launch

On May 31, the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) issued an important update on its forthcoming mission, which is scheduled to launch on June 22. It’s called GSAT-24, and it is going to launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), ISRO’s commercial subsidiary, designed the satellite for Tata Sky, a television service provider.

As per the Indian space agency, the GSAT-24 communication satellite is undertaking health and performance tests at clean room amenities in French Guiana, the European spaceport. The European Ariane V rocket (VA257 flight) is set to launch the satellite on June 22. The satellite is created to give pan-India coverage and fulfill the requirements of Tata Play, which is a direct-to-home television broadcasting service.

According to India’s Department of Space, this is the inaugural demand-driven communication satellite venture of the NSIL (New Space India Limited), which is the commercial branch of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

As per ISRO, the GSAT-24 is mainly a 24-Ku band communication satellite that does weigh 4,180 kg featuring pan-India coverage for DTH applications. According to a deal signed on September 28, 2021, the satellite is going to be deployed on a rocket provided by Arianespace. The new satellite is going to be the 25th to enter orbit in an Ariane rocket, according to Arianespace’s official statement.

NSIL will receive a 4-ton class Ku-band satellite developed by ISRO as a portion of the GSAT-24 project and is going to deploy it utilizing M/s Arianespace’s Ariane-5 launcher. The whole satellite capacity aboard GSAT-24 is going to be leased to M/s Tata Play, a long-term customer, for use in DTH applications. M/s Tata Play has agreed to use the satellite capability on board GSAT-24, while M/s Arianespace has agreed to provide launch services. On a commercial basis, NSIL is going to manage and own the GSAT-24 satellite. The NSIL will fund the entire GSAT-24 satellite program.

ISRO announced on May 2 that GSAT-24 was approved by its pre-shipment assessment panel after finishing assembly, integration, and environmental testing. The satellite and its associated equipment were then transferred to Kourou, French Guiana, on May 18 on a C-17 Globemaster freight plane.

The French Ariane 5 rocket is going to deploy GSAT-24, an ISRO satellite, into orbit on June 22. The launch, code-named ‘VA257,’ would occur from the Guiana Space Center facility in Kourou, French Guiana. The Indian communication satellite is going to deliver high-quality television, broadcasting, and telecommunications services once it has been deployed into the ideal geostationary orbit.

Arianespace, which is the launch service provider, had previously published an image of the container of satellite getting unloaded from the military transport plane, with the caption, “Once the beast is up, we are going to let you know.”

NSIL was mandated by recent Space Sector reforms to perform end-to-end commercial space operations and to operate as a satellite operator that is full-fledged. The ability of NSIL to operate as a single-window provider will also make conducting business in the space industry more convenient. The NSIL Board is going to now be able to set transponder prices based on market dynamics and worldwide developments in the satellite communication industry. NSIL is also permitted to provide and distribute capacity in accordance with its policies and procedures.

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