GSAT-6A: ISRO Successfully Launches the Home-Made Communication Satellite


ISRO successfully launches the GSAT-6A communication satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 4:56 pm on Thursday. This successful launch has added another feather to ISRO’s cap marking the 12th flight of GSLV-F08 and 6th flight with the indigenous Cryogenic upper stage engine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch through his official Twitter account:

The GSAT-6A which was ejected into the orbit by GSLV-MKII is actually a twin of GSAT-6 that was launched in the year 2015. The two rockets will provide signals thereby allowing two-way data exchange even from very remote locations where there is limited mobile connectivity. This would be specifically very useful to the armed forces.

During the launch, ISRO also tested the next generation high thrust Vikas engine that powered the rocket’s second stage. It increased the payload capacity of the GSLV. As per the officials, any improvement done to the vehicle would be incorporated into GSLV’s future missions including the lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 scheduled for October 2018.

It’s said that GSLV is referred to as the “Naughty Boy” of ISRO because only 5 of the vehicles 11 launches have been successful. The antenna of the GSLV is 6 meters long and opens up like an umbrella once the satellite is placed in the orbit. The large size of the antenna gives it more power ensuring a 2-way data exchange carried out through small handheld devices from anywhere in the country.



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