India's first demand-driven communication satellite is launched by space PSU NSIL

NSIL successfully completed the launch of Gsat-24, the first demand-driven communication satellite mission . The Gsat-24 is a 24 Ku-band communications satellite designed to serve the countrys DTH communications needs .

NEW DELHI (New Delhi): NSIL, a public sector corporation, successfully completed the launch of Gsat-24, the first demand-driven communication satellite mission, on Thursday using the services of French company Arianespaces Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana, in a major step towards rolling out Modi's space reforms.Just 15 years before the launch, the NSIL has leased out the total satellite capacity to direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Play for the first time.The Gsat-24, which weighs a whopping 4,180 kg at lift-off and has a 15-year mission life, is a 24 Ku-band communications satellite designed to serve the country's DTH communications needs.Demand-driven approach basically means that when a satellite is launched, one knows who the intended customers are going to be.

NSIL will undertake Gsat-24 as one of the first of a string of demand-driven missions in the coming years.NSIL would own and operate almost 11 communication satellites in orbit with the launch of Gsat-24, according to a Department of Space statement.The satellite was successfully launched into the geostationary orbit by the Ariane 5 rocket, which was built by Isro for NSIL, about 40 minutes after liftoff at 3.20 hours (IST).According to Isro chairman and DoS secretary S Somanath, todays successful mission of Gsat-24 is a major step forward for NSIL in commercially satisfying the country's DTH communications demands by using indigenously built satellite solutions from Isro.

MEASAT-3d, a Malaysian operator, was a passenger on board Gsat-24, which was also successful.NSIL was given the authority to carry out operational satellite missions as part of the government's space reforms announced in June 2020 by FM Nirmala Sitharaman, which gave it the ability to plan, launch, own, and operate satellites and serve its dedicated market.