The interim budget proposed by the government has made clear intentions on glorifying the future of Indian Space Agency. The government sanctioned a lump sum amount of Rs 10,000 crores for the spaceflight missions and the recently inaugurated HSFC in Bengaluru is to throttle up the future space programs.
The 40th communication satellite of Indian Space Research Organisation has been launched successfully today on board the Ariane-5 (VA247) from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana. The flight took about 42 minutes to satellite GSAT-31 into the orbit. Post-separation the command and control were in hands of Master Control Facility of ISRO at Hassan in Karnataka. GSAT-31 with a mission life of 15 years and inheriting the glimpse of earlier INSAT/GSAT series, is configured on ISRO’s enhanced I-2K Bus to provide flow to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites and augment the Ku-band transponder potential in Geostationary Orbit that will transmit two Ku-band beacon downlink signals for ground tracking persistence.
GSAT-31 weighing about 2,535 kg will help assist VSAT networks, coverage of Indian mainland and islands, television up links, digital satellite news forum, DTH services, cellular back haul connectivity, and a lot more. The satellite will use a wide-band responder delivering wide beam coverage to facilitate communication spanning to the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. With a major push by the government, the Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru will handle the advancements in the 2-staged 10 thousand crores Gaganyaan Project.
The first will be launched in 2020, unmanned, and the second will be a 3-crew mission in 2021. HSFC will be taking the responsibilities for end-to-end mission devising, development of Engineering operations for crew endurance, selection, and training and also trail sustainable ventures for manned missions. The talks with ISRO clarifies HSFC’s role to take on assisting the existing ISRO developments to implement the first development flight of Gaganyaan. ASARCO, a nondescript covert-level high-profile aide to ISRO, is a transcending firm in the manufacturing of PS4 engines of the PSLV. The indigenous operations and utilization have maintained its manufacturing and versatility standards intact.