Render of GSAT-30 spacecraft in deployed configuration
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2020-005A [1]
SATCAT no.45026
Mission duration15 years (planned)
4 years, 3 months, 18 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerISRO Satellite Centre
Space Applications Centre
Launch mass3,357 kg (7,401 lb) [2][3]
Power6000 watts
Start of mission
Launch date16 January 2020, 21:05 UTC[4]
RocketAriance 5 ECA (VA-251)
Launch siteKourou, ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude83.0° East [2][3]
Band12 × C-band
12 × Ku-band
Coverage areaAsia, Australia
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GSAT-30 is a telecommunications satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).[2][3]


The satellite's main communication payload is 12 Ku band transponders for covering Indian mainland and islands and 12 C-band transponders for extended coverage over Asia and Australia. The satellite will act as a replacement for the defunct INSAT-4A.[2] The satellite provides advanced telecommunication services to the Indian subcontinent. It is used for Very-small-aperture terminal (VSAT) networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, Direct-broadcast satellite (DTH) services and other communication systems. This is the 41st communication satellite launched by ISRO and the 24th launch of ISRO satellite by Arianespace.[5][3][6]


The satellite is based on ISRO's I-3K bus. It was assembled by a consortium of mid-sized industries led by Alpha Design Technologies Ltd. at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment at Bengaluru.[7]


GSAT-30 satellite was launched aboard Ariane 5 launch vehicle (VA251) from French Guiana on 21:05 UTC, 16 January 2020 or 02:35 IST, 17 January 2020.[8] After three orbit raising burns with cumulative duration of 2 hours 29 minutes,[9] GSAT-30 acquired station at 81° East on 25 January 2020.[10]

The launch of the GSAT-30 and GSAT-31 by Arianespace is expected to cost Rs 950 crore.[11]


  1. ^ "Display: GSAT-30 2020-005A". NASA. Retrieved 21 February 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c d "VA251 launch kit" (PDF). Arianespace. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "GSAT-30 launch kit". ISRO. 13 January 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ "First Spacebus Neo satellite launched". ESA. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  5. ^ "GSAT-30 is installed on Ariane 5 for Arianespace's first mission of 2020". Arianespace. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  6. ^ "ISRO's GSAT-30 Satellite Successfully Launched Aboard Ariane Rocket". The Wire. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  7. ^ "ISRO's GSAT-30 satellite launched, to replace ageing INSAT-4A". The Hindu. 17 January 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  8. ^ "India's communication satellite GSAT-30 launched successfully". ISRO. Archived from the original on 30 May 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  9. ^ "GSAT-30 update". ISRO. Archived from the original on 25 January 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Historical satellite position data for GSAT-30 for the month of January 2020". Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  11. ^ "ISRO faces costly proposition over recall of GSAT-11". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 April 2022.