New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its high power S-band communication satellite GSAT-6A using Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) on Thursday.
The launch took place at 4:56 pm from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The satellite has been placed into the orbit after 17 minutes of the lift-off.
According to the Indian Space Research Organisation, the real-time systems check operations have been completed.
This will be GSLV’s 12th flight and sixth flight with the indigenous Cryogenic upper stage.
The Indian Space Agency is live streaming it on its official website.
GSLV-F08, weighing 415.6 tonnes with a height of 49.1 metre comes with notable improvements like induction of High Thrust Vikas Engine, electromechanical actuation system in place of electro-hydraulic actuation system.
The mission life of the spacecraft planned is about 10 years. The satellite will provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of 6m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, handheld ground terminals and network management techniques. These are useful in satellite-based mobile communication applications.