The Gsat-30 takeoff from French Guiana on January 17 will be Isro's first satellite launch this year

NEW DELHI: The launch of the geostationary communications satellite on January 17 from the European spaceport in French Guiana will be the first launch of the satellite this year (this year), the president of the space agency told TOI. Gsat-30 with a weight of 3,450 kg will be a replacement for.

The space agency is also scheduled to launch the high-performance communication satellite Gsat-20 this year. Three other high-performance satellites of similar Ku and Ka band frequencies such as Gsat-19 (June 5, 2017 launch), Gsat-29 (November 14, 2018 launch) and Gsat-11 (the heaviest satellite of Isro released on December 5, 2018)) had already been released.

The four together will drive the Internet revolution in India, especially in rural areas, as they will provide high bandwidth connectivity of more than 100 Gbps, including in-flight and maritime connectivity. Together, all these satellites will help close the digital divide.

Gsat-11 type satellites are intended to provide multi-point beam coverage over the continent of India and nearby islands. Satellites are special, as they use multiple point beams (a special type of transponder that operates at a high frequency) that will increase the speed and connectivity of the Internet.

The Gsat-30 and the Gsat-20 are among the 25 missions that were planned to launch this year. In addition to the satellite missions, Isro has also aligned large missions such as Aditya L1 solar (in the middle of this year) and the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle test flight and the first (end of the year) this year.