India launches GSAT-24 satellite, will be used for Tata Play DTH

NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) has launched GSAT-24 in its first on-demand communication satellite mission post space sector reforms. It is fully leased to direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Play. The satellite, built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for NSIL, was successfully placed in geostationary orbit by Ariane 5 rocket operated by French company Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana (South America) on Thursday.

news agency PTI according, GSAT-24 is a 24-Ku band communication satellite, weighing 4,180 kg. It will give pan India coverage to meet the needs of DTH applications. NSIL is a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Department of Space (DOS) and is the commercial arm of ISRO.

According to the report, 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, which involved building, launching, owning and building satellites. Responsibility for operation and service delivery.

The entire satellite capacity of GSAT-24 will be leased to Tata Group’s DTH business, Tata Play, to meet their DTH application needs.

Ariane 5 has successfully placed two satellites in geostationary orbit. GSAT-24 is configured on ISRO’s proven I-3k Bus with a mission life of 15 years.

The news agency explains that an NSIL official explained “The ‘demand-driven’ mode basically means that when the satellite is launched, it is already known who the end customers are going to be and for whom. There will be a lot of utilization and commitment so that you can use this satellite capability very effectively once you go into orbit.”<!–