The GSAT-6A satellite, carried by the GSLV-F08, blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, at 4.56 pm Thursday. View more at #Hindustan360.
This will be the GSLV’s 12th flight and final checks are currently being carried out.
GSLV-F08 / GSAT-6A Mission Fact File
- The satellite will be launched by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).
- The GSLV rocker weighs 415.6 tonnes and is 49.1 meters tall.
- The GSAT-6A satellite, which costs about Rs 270 crore, will be put into orbit about 17 minutes after the launch, reported IANS.
- ISRO said that the GSAT-6A satellite is similar to GSAT-6 but comes with a few improvements.
- The organization said that the two improvements include the use of the high thrust Vikas engine and an electromechanical actuation system
- ISRO chairman K Sivan also told IANS that the communication satellite’s Thursday launch will pave the way for another navigation satellite.
- The next launch has been planned for the next fiscal.