India’s first satellite of 2020 Gsat-30 successfully launched

In the first mission of the year for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India’s forty-first communication satellite – GSAT 30 – was on Friday launched by the European commercial launcher Arianespace.

The satellite will enhance television broadcasting, satellite-based news gathering, and direct-to-home services.

The satellite provides extended coverage in C-band, which is used by broadcasters to beam their programmes over India, Gulf and Asian countries, and Australia.

The satellite has a mission life of 15 years. It will join the 19 communication satellites that are currently operational.

The mission comes over a month after the previous PSLV mission that put in orbit one Indian Earth Observation Satellite along with nine customer satellites.