Indian communication satellite to be launched by Ariane rocket

Chennai, Feb 2 (IANS) Indian communication satellite GSAT-31 will be put into orbit by Arianespace’s Ariane 5 heavy lift rocket on February 5 from its spaceport in French Guiana, the company said in a statement.
According to Arianespace, its rocket Ariane 5 has been authorised for lift-off after the review of its launch readiness.
The rocket will carry two satellites – Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 and the GSAT-31.
According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) the 2,535-kg GSAT-31 is the 40th communication satellite and would augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in geostationary orbit.
The GSAT-31 will have a mission life of 15 years.
–IANS
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