Indian Space Research Organisation says that India will launch its latest communication satellite on board European launch services provider Arianespace’s launch vehicle on February 6 from French Guiana. According to Arianespace, the launch of Ariane-5 (VA 247) is scheduled for 2:31 am India time on Wednesday.
Weighing about 2,535 kg, the Indian satellite, GSAT-31, will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites, ISRO said. The satellite derives its heritage from ISROs earlier INSAT / GSAT satellite series, the space agency said, adding that it provides Indian mainland and island coverage. GSAT-31 is the country’s 40th communication satellite.