Successful launch of Indian communication satellite GSAT-24 from French Guiana

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On 23 June, India launched its GSAT-24 satellite from Kourou in French Guiana in South America.

  • The GSAT-24 satellite was launched by the French company Arianespace on the Ariane 5 space launch vehicle.

  • This satellite is built by ISRO for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).

  • GSAT-24 is a 24-KU band communication satellite. Its weight is 4180 kg.

  • This satellite will provide pan India coverage to meet the needs of DTH application.

  • Why was GSAT-24 launched on a French rocket?

  • The GSAT-24 satellite was launched on board the French rocket Ariane 5, as India currently does not have a space-launch rocket that can lift a satellite weighing more than 4 tonnes into geostationary orbit.

  • India's most powerful rocket GSLV MK3 is capable of lifting a maximum of 4 tonnes into geostationary orbit.

  • GSAT-24

  • GSAT-24 is a 24-Ku band communication satellite

  • The weight of this satellite is 4180 kg.

  • About NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) -

  • NSIL is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) and the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

  • It was established on March 6, 2019.

  • It works under the administrative control of the Department of Space (DoS).

  • This organisation seeks to increase the participation of industries in the Indian space programmes.

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