Sriharikota, March 29: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday successfully launched Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) carrying communication satellite GSAT-6A from the spaceport of Sriharikota.
GSLV -F08 / GSAT-6A Mission launched at 16:56 Hrs (IST) from the second launch pad from at Indian rocket port in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.
The GSLV-MkII rocket slung the satellite in a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) from where it would be taken up to its final geostationary orbit by three orbit raising manoeuvres.
Scientists at the mission control centre were visibly happy, slapping each others’ backs and hugging each other once the rocket ejected the satellite into the intended orbit.
It is the 12th flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and Sixth flight with indigenous Cryogenic Stage.
According to ISRO, GSAT-6A, is alike GSAT-6, a high power S-band communication satellite built on I-2K satellite bus with a mission life of about ten years.
The 415.6 ton GSLV rocket measuring 49.1 metre tall satellite will boost the Communication for security establishment.
ISRO Chairman K.Sivan had earlier told IANS that the GSAT-6A would be followed by the launch of navigation satellite which will be in the next fiscal.