ISRO to launch GSAT 6A satellite from Sriharikota today

ISRO to launch GSAT 6A satellite from Sriharikota today”

The 27-hour countdown began yesterday for the launch of ISRO's GSLV-F08 mission carrying the GSAT-6A communication satellite from the space port of Sriharikota, about 110 km from Chennai.

GSLV-F08 is the 12th flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and Sixth flight with indigenous Cryogenic Stage.

According to ISRO, two improvements-induction of the high-thrust Vikas engine and an electromechanical actuation system- have been made in the rocket's second stage this time around.

ISRO had in January successfully launched as many as 31 satellites in a single mission from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota.

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. The spacecraft that will weigh about 3,290kg includes an orbiter, a rover and a lander to the moon. India's space agency has scheduled the launch of the GSAT-6A- a powerful communication satellite onboard GSLV Mk II rocket for March 29, 2018.

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and Liquid Propulsion Center at Valiamala and Bengaluru are the key contributors to the launch.

The GSLV rocket weighs about 415.6 tonnes and measures 49.1 metre tall.

The satellite will be put into the orbit approximately 17 minutes after the rocket's launch.

Within weeks of this launch, Isro is also planning to launch the replacement navigation satellite with the PSLV rocket. He further said that the Chandrayan-2 will be launched in October.

Part of the Antrix-Devas agreement, the GSAT-6A and GSAT- 6 ran into controversy after the government scrapped the deal with Bengaluru-based Devas Multimedia Private Ltd.

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