Naveen congratulates ISRO for successful launch of communication satellite GSAT-31

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for successfully launching communication satellite GSAT-31 to replace ageing INSAT-4CR.

The Odisha CM took to the Twitter and said that the newly-launched satellite will support DTH services, VSAT connectivity, Digital Satellite News Gathering as well as bolster e-governance & data transfer for telecom applications.

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Notably, the satellite GSAT-31 was launched by European launch services provider, Arianespace’s rocket, from French Guiana in the early hours on Wednesday.

The country’s communication satellite was blasted off successfully from Ariane Launch Complex at Kourou, a French territory located in the northeastern coast of South America at 2.31 am (IST). The Ariane-5 vehicle (Flight VA247) also carried Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 along with GSAT-31.

The GSAT-31 is a “high power” communication satellite with Ku-band. It is going to serve and replace some of the satellites that are going to expire soon, the ISRO said.

ISRO said during the final stages of its orbit raising operations, the antenna reflector of GSAT-31 will be deployed, and following this, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration. The satellite will be operational after the successful completion of all in-orbit tests, the space agency added.

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