GSAT 20 Satellite

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In a first, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its latest large satellite, GSAT 20, on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

About GSAT 20 Satellite:

  • It is India’s latest communications satellite.
  • It is a hi-tech, heavy-weight satellite weighing 4,700 kg.
  • It will have a high throughput capacity of 48 GBPS.
  • The satellite made by ISRO has 32 spot beams, and it has been made to cover all of India, but with a special emphasis on providing connectivity for Northeastern India.
  • The satellite will be owned and operated by ISRO's commercial arm New Space India Ltd. (NSIL).
  • ISRO opted for SpaceX to launch GSAT 20 because India’s indigenous heavy rocket, the Launch Vehicle Mark 3lacks the capability to lift such a heavy satellite.

Key Facts about New Space India Ltd. (NSIL):

  • NSIL was incorporated in March 2019 as a wholly owned Government Company under the administrative control of the Department of Space.
  • NSIL currently has an authorised share capital of ₹ 7500 Crore and a paid-up capital of ₹ 5607.60 Crores.
  • NSIL is the commercial arm of ISRO, with the primary responsibility of enabling Indian industries to take up high technology space related activities.
  • It is also responsible for promotion and commercial exploitation of the products and services emanating from the Indian space programme.
  • The major business areas of NSIL include:
    • Production of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) and Small Satellite Launch Vehicles (SSLV) through industry;
    • Production and marketing of space-based services, including launch services and space-based applications like transponder leasing, remote sensing, and mission support services;
    • Building of satellites (both Communication and Earth Observation) as per user requirements.
    • Transfer of technology developed by ISRO centres/units and constituent institutions of the Dept. of Space;
    • Marketing spin-off technologies and products/ services emanating out of ISRO activities
    • Consultancy services

Q1: What is the GSAT Series of satellites?

The GSAT (Geostationary Satellite) series represents a remarkable constellation of communication satellites that have been developed by the esteemed Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). These satellites play an indispensable and pivotal role in a wide array of communication services, encompassing vital areas such as telecommunication, broadcasting, and broadband connectivity.

Source: ISRO To Launch First Satellite On SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket In August