ISRO successfully launches GSAT-6A satellite

ISRO successfully launches GSAT-6A satellite”

GSAT-6A is a communication satellite built by ISRO to provide mobile communication services through multi-beam coverage.

The launch offered ISRO the opportunity to test new launch capabilities meant to support future missions, including India's second lunar exploration mission Chandrayaan 2 set for this fall.

The satellite was injected into geosynchronous transfer orbit by GSLV-F08, almost 18 minutes after a copybook launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.It was the 12th launch in the GSLV series and the sixth flight using indigenous cryogenic engine.

Sriharikota: India's latest communication satellite GSAT-6A, successfully placed in orbit on Thursday, was once embroiled in controversy like its predecessor GSAT-6, launched in 2015. ISRO's success will not only help fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Digital India" dream but also encourage emerging generations of scholars and scientists to undertake research and development at indigenous levels. The timing for the launch was set for 16:56 hrs (4:56 pm) IST.

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GSAT-6A is a high power communication satellite similar to GSAT-6, launched three years ago, with a lift-off mass of 2,140 kg.

The GSAT-6A comes under the category of high power S-band communication satellite. For this, it is equipped with S and C band transponders. It will complement the GSAT-6, which is already in orbit.

The satellite was built with objective to provide platform for emerging new technologies. This is one of the largest satellite antennas realised by ISRO. Isro has achieved multiple objectives with the current launch: providing advance mobile communication, boosting communication of the armed forces, and increasing the payload capacity of the GSLV Mk-III vehicle to three tonnes. It crosses the conventional boundary lying between the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Super High Frequency (SHF) bands allotted at the rate of 3.0 GHz S-band is used by weather radars, surface ship radar, and also by some other communications satellites.

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