In yet another major achievement for India’s premier space agency ISRO, the latest communication satellite GSAT-6A was on Thursday launched onboard Geosynchronous rocket GSLV-F08 from the Sriharikota spaceport and successfully placed in the designated orbit.
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08), fitted with indigenously developed cryogenic third stage, injected the satellite into orbit about 18 minutes after its lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
The satellite would provide a thrust to mobile communication through multi-beam coverage facility, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan described the mission as a success and congratulated the scientists behind the mission. Sivan said the communication satellite was successfully placed in the designated orbit.
This marks the 12th flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F08 and sixth flight with indigenous Cryogenic upper stage. GSAT-6A, is similar to GSAT-6, a high power S-band communication satellite built on I-2K satellite bus with a mission life of about ten years, the ISRO said.
(With inputs from PTI)