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India to launch its latest communication satellite on board Arianespace’s launch vehicle

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.

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