India GSAT-24 Satellite Updates: Following space sector reforms, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) successfully launched GSAT-24 on Thursday, leasing the entire satellite’s capacity to Direct-to-Home (DTH) service provider Tata Play. This was NSIL’s first “demand-driven” communication satellite mission.
GSAT-24 is a 24-Ku band communication satellite with pan-India coverage that weighs 4180 kg and was developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for NSIL.
The commercial arm of ISRO, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru, released the following statement: The GSAT-24 communication satellite was successfully launched by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a CPSE under the Department of Space, from Kourou, French Guiana, at 3:20 IST today, June 23, 2022. (South America).
Measat-3d, a communication satellite from Malaysia, was also a co-passenger on Ariane-V (flight VA257), which was flown by French company Arianespace.
24 is a significant step forward for NSIL in commercially providing the nation’s DTH communication demands utilising locally produced satellite solutions from ISRO, according to Dr. S. Somanath, secretary in the Department of Space and chairman of ISRO.
NSIL, which was founded in March 2019, was mandated to carry out operational satellite missions on a “demand driven” model as part of the “space reforms” announced by the government in June 2020. As part of this model, NSIL is responsible for building, launching, owning, and operating satellites as well as providing services to its dedicated customer.
The whole satellite capacity on board GSAT-24 will be leased to meet the requirements of its loyal customer Tata Play, the DTH arm of the Tata Group.
WITH A 15-YEAR MISSION LIFE, GSAT-24 IS SET UP ON ISRO’S TRIED-AND-TRUE I-3K BUS:
An NSIL official added, “Demand-driven’ mode basically means one would know who the end customers are going to be and what’s the kind of utilisation and commitment when satellite is launched, so you have highly effective utilisation of this satellite capacity once it goes into orbit.
The spokesman claimed that “in the past, the method was more supply oriented, with capacity being leased after the launch and little to no clear commitment by users prior.”
“NSIL is responsible for fully funding the entire mission, including the satellite, launch, launch campaign, insurance, transportation, and in-orbit upkeep and support.
NSIL will fully own and operate the satellite after it is in orbit “Radhakrishnan Durairaj, the chairman and managing director of NSIL, told PTI. The satellite operator for this specific satellite will thus be us, he said.
GSAT-24 was successfully launched into its target Geo-Synchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with Perigee: 250 km and Apogee: 35825 km after about 40 minutes of flight.
Following the separation of GSAT-24, ISRO’s Master Control Facility in Hassan, Karnataka, assumed control of the satellite. According to initial data received, the satellite appears to be in good health, according to NSIL.
Through a series of orbit-raising manoeuvres utilising the satellite’s onboard propulsion system, GSAT-24’s orbit would be raised from Geo Stationary Orbit (GTO) to Geo Stationary Orbit (GSO) in the upcoming days.
With the successful launch of GSAT-24, NSIL will own and manage 11 communication satellites in space, which will mostly satisfy the nation’s communication demands, according to NSIL.
The first of several demand-driven missions that NSIL would carry out over the ensuing years, it stated, is GSAT-24.