PM hails ISRO team for GSLV-F08 launch

30 March, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • ISRO set to launch communication satellite GSAT-6A on Thursday

Indian Space Agency ISRO has launched its latest communications satellite - the GSAT-6A, which is identical to the GSAT- 6, which was launched in 2015.

The 415.6 ton GSLV rocket measuring 49.1 metre tall is scheduled to blast off at 4.56 p.m. from the second launch pad from at Indian rocket port in Sriharikota, 105 km from here on Thursday. This was to be done by leasing 90 per cent of the transponders in satellites GSAT-6 and GSAT-6A that are proposed to be launched by ISRO.

Also, this was the 12th flight of GSLV, and sixth with an indigenous cryogenic upper stage propulsion system.

GSAT-6A, is similar to GSAT-6, a high power S-band communication satellite built on I-2K satellite bus with a mission life of about ten years.

He said the satellite was injected into geosynchronous transfer orbit at the desired level precisely. For the duration of the countdown, the rocket is going to be fuelled up and its systems are all set to get checked too.

The GSLV is a three stage/engine rocket.


ISRO had made significant improvements in the GSLV Mk-II rocket including induction of high thrust Vikas engine in the second stage.

So far five of GSLV's 11 launches have been successful. The smaller antenna in other communication satellites requires larger ground stations.

An Indian GSLV rocket has pushed a GSAT-6A communication satellite into orbit. "It will establish connectivity between users and the subscribers directly", Isro officials said. GSAT-29 communication satellite will find its application in telecommunications, television broadcasting and disaster warning.

Its first stage has a core powered by solid propellant with the aid of four liquid propellant strap-on boosters that do not separate.

Seventeen minutes and 46 seconds into the flight, the satellite will be ejected out of the payload fairing (also called "heat shield" by ISRO).

That launch included 28 satellites from foreign countries and the successful mission had put behind the rare setback ISRO suffered after the failure of the PSLV-C39 mission in August previous year.

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