NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) entrusted Arianespace with the launch of its GSAT-24 telecommunications satellite on September 28, 2021. GSAT-24 is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2022, from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on one of the seven Ariane 5 missions remaining to be performed with the heavy-lift launcher.
This Ku-band satellite is a 4-ton class communications satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and will be placed into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Once orbited, GSAT-24 will provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services. GSAT-24 satellite is the “1st Demand Driven communication satellite mission” undertaken by NSIL.
“We are delighted that NSIL, for the first time since its creation in March 2019, has entrusted Ariane 5 with a new GTO satellite to deliver,” declared Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace. “This contract is a new milestone in the long-time partnership linking Arianespace to India and its space agency ISRO that began in 1981 with our first joint success: APPLE satellite, launched on an Ariane 1. We proudly performed 24 launches for India, continuously and successfully supporting its institutions, businesses and population’s needs. We are thrilled to see this upcoming launch consolidate our relationship, which is a two-way street, with Indian launchers having orbited European satellites.”