Ariane 5 launches NSIL’s GSAT 24, leased entirely by Tata Play for 15 years

Arianespace successfully launches NSIL’s communication satellite GSAT 24. The satellite is entirely leased to Tata Play for 15 years.

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Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launcher today successfully launched NewSpace India Limited’s (NSIL) satellite communication satellite GSAT-24 from Kourou, French Guiana. The VA257 flight in addition to NSIL’s GSAT-24 also carried Malaysia’s MEASAT-3D communication satellite onboard.

GSAT-24 is the 25th Indian satellite launched by Arianespace for ISRO. The satellite is a Ku-band 4-ton class communications satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) that will provide high-quality television, telecommunications, and broadcasting services across India.

The satellite weighing 4180 kg at liftoff has a mission life of 15 years. NSIL has leased its entire satellite capacity to Tata Play Limited for a period of 15 years. The satellite meant for meeting the Direct-To-Home (DTH) communication needs of the country has been entirely funded by NSIL.

ISRO’s master control facility at Hassan took control of the satellite post-separation of the GSAT-24 satellite. The initial data received indicated the good health of the satellite. The orbit of GSAT-24 will be raised from GTO to Geo-Stationary Orbit (GSO), through a series of orbit-raising manoeuvres using the satellite’s onboard propulsion system.

“Today’s successful mission of GSAT-24 is a major step forward for NSIL in commercially meeting the DTH communication needs of the country using indigenously built satellite solutions from ISRO.”

Dr S Somanath, Secretary DOS

The successful launch of GSAT-24 leaves NSIL owning and operating nearly 11 communication satellites in orbit which will meet the bulk of the communication needs of the country. GSAT-24 is the first of many demand-driven missions that NSIL will undertake in the coming years.

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Tentative Launch On February 2022

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Still tatasky used insat 4a or not

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