Bangalore, June 23
New Space India Limited (NSIL) launched GSAT-24, its first “demand-driven” communications satellite mission, in a revamp of the space sector, adding direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Play to its full potential. leased out.
Built by the Indian Space Research Organization for NSIL, the satellite was successfully placed in geostationary orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket operated by French company Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana (South America) on Thursday.
GSAT-24 is a 24-Ku band communication satellite weighing 4,180 kg and having pan-India coverage to meet the needs of DTH applications.
NSIL, incorporated in March 2019, is a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Department of Space (DoS) and the commercial arm of ISRO.
As part of the “space reforms” announced by the government in June 2020, NSIL was mandated to undertake operational satellite missions on a “demand-driven” model, including building, launching, owning and operating satellites and providing services. responsibility to do. Its committed customers.
The entire satellite capacity on GSAT-24 will be leased out to its committed customer Tata Play, the DTH business of the Tata Group to meet their DTH application needs.
Ariane 5 has successfully placed two satellites into geostationary orbit: MEASAT-3d for Malaysian operator MEASAT, and GSAT-24, with Arianespace launching on-board Ariane-V VA257 flight from Guyana Space Center in Kourou, Europe’s Spaceport. Said after.
GSAT-24 is configured on ISRO’s proven I-3k bus with a mission life of 15 years.
“‘Demand-driven’ mode basically means that when the satellite is launched, someone will know who the end customers are going to be and what kind of usage and commitment is there so that once you get into orbit you This satellite capability can be used very effectively, explained an NSIL official.
“Earlier, the mode was more supply-driven, with capacity leasing out after launch and there was no prior firm commitment by customers,” the official said.
“The entire mission is fully funded by NSIL – satellite, launch, launch campaign, insurance, transportation, in-orbit maintenance and support. Once the satellite is placed in orbit, it will be wholly owned and operated by NSIL “
“So, we will be the satellite operator for this particular satellite,” he said.