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Isro's GSLV rocket carrying GSAT-6 lifts off from Sriharikota

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Andrew Cummings | 30 March, 2018, 08:03

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.

The main criteria behind the satellite is to provide mobile communication to India through multi-beam coverage facility.

The ISRO has launched its home-made communications satellites GSAT-6A in Sri Harikota on Thursday, media reports said. GSAT 6A is the fifth successful launch of a GSLV Mk.2 rocket with an Indian-built cryogenic upper stage engine.

ISRO said that GSAT-6A, similar to GSAT-6 is a high power S-band communication satellite based on the I-2K satellite bus.

He said the satellite was injected into geosynchronous transfer orbit at the desired level precisely.

Following orbit raising manoeuvres using the onboard propulsion system, the satellite will be placed at the geostationary orbit at the height of 36,000 km.

The 27-hour countdown, which kicked off yesterday afternoon at 1:56PM, is now set to launch today. The second stage will test the improved Vikas engine that has been in the works for three years.

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Isro said the satellite will provide services for defence purposes and will not add any transponder capacity for general uses.

"Congratulations to ISRO and other stakeholders on the successful launch of GSLV-F08 with indigenous cryogenic stage", he tweeted. GSAT-6A will also have a smaller 0.8-meter antenna for communication in the C band.

That launch included 28 satellites from foreign countries and the successful mission had put behind the rare setback ISRO suffered after the failure of the PSLV-C39 mission in August a year ago.

On Wednesday, ISRO had also released a curtain raiser of the satellite launch.

The rocket's second stage has two improvements - induction of high thrust Vikas engine and electromechanical actuation system.

Weighing 415.6 tonnes, the GSLV F08 will put the GSAT 6A into orbit 17 minutes and 46 seconds after its launch. The core of first stage is fired with solid fuel while the four strap-on motors by liquid fuel.

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