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    ISRO to launch 40th communication satellite

    ISRO is all set to launch its 40th communication satellite GSAT-31 on Feb 6.
    GSAT-31 is scheduled for launch onboard Ariane-5 launch vehicle (va 247) from Kourou, French Guiana.
    GSAT-31 is configured on ISRO's enhanced i-2K bus structure to provide communications services from geostationary orbit in Ku-band for over 15 years.
    Weighing 2,535 kg, GSAT-31 will be used for supporting VSAT networks, television uplinks, digital satellite news gathering, DTH television services, cellular back haul connectivity and many such applications.
    GSAT-31 will also facilitate communication over large oceanic regions comprising arabian sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
    Ariane-5 launch vehicle will also carry Saudi geostationary satellite 1/hellas SAT 4 (Hs-4/Sgs-1).
    It will provide telecommunications capabilities, including television, internet, telephone and secure communications in the Middle East, South Africa and Europe.
    Hs-4/Sgs-1 weighs 6,495 kg and will have a design life of more than 15 years.
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