GSAT-30 gives India a communication boost
➢ The launch of GSAT-30.
➢ The communication satellite, GSAT-30, was launched into space from the Guiana Space Centre
in Kourou, French Guiana.
➢ The high-power GSAT-30 satellite is equipped with 12 normal C band and 12 Ku band
➢ GSAT-30 will replace the INSAT-4A launched in 2005 by Indian Space Research Organisation
➢ GSAT-30 will provide DTH [Direct To Home] television services, connectivity to VSATs [that support
working of banks] ATMs, stock exchange, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite
news gathering and e-governance applications.
➢ Notably, the satellite will also be used for bulk data transfer.
➢ ISRO had to opt for the foreign launch vehicle for GSAT-30 because the GSAT-30 (3357 kg) is
much heavier than the 2,000-kg lifting capacity of ISRO’s Geostationary Launch Vehicle GSLV-
➢ Though the GSLV-MkIII of ISRO can lift up to 4,000 kg, the space agency plans to save the
upcoming MkIIIs for its first human space flight Gaganyaan of 2022 and two preceding crew-less
trials. The first Indian crew-less test flight is planned for the end of 2020.