Arianespace has started the final payload integration for Arianespace‘s year-opening mission on January 17 with GSAT 30 now installed atop its Ariane 5 launcher. The launch will be India‘s first satellite launch this year and will launch along with Eutelsat Konnect onboard Arianespace5.
The liftoff is planned on January 16, 2020, with the mission duration being 38 minutes. The launch will happen between 2.35 a.m and 4.30 a.m. Indian Standard Time on the morning of January 17. It will be Arianespace’s 107th Ariane5 mission which will confirm its leadership in the geostationary launch services market segment.
GSAT 30 is a telecommunications satellite manufactured and designed by ISRO which will replace the INSAT 4A satellite. It will be positioned at a longitude of 83° East, providing high-quality television, telecommunications, and broadcasting services over the Indian mainland and Islands.-
It is configured to provide communications services from orbit in C- and Ku-band for a lifetime greater than 15 years. It weighs around 3,357 kg at launch.
Arianespace has identified a total of 12 flight opportunities from French Guiana this year using its full launcher family – which also includes Soyuz and Vega.