Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) launched the communication satellite GSAT-7A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 4:10 pm. The satellite will improve the communication for the armed forces.
The 2250 kg weighing satellite was carried by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle –F11 . The GSAT-7A is exclusively built for Indian Air Force and Indian Army. The satellite will connects all the equipments of Indin Air Force and along with GSAT-7 ( launched by Indian Navy in 2013) and GSAT-6 will form the belt of communications satellites for the use of security purposes.
The GSAT-7A mission will be the space agency’s last and the 17th mission for this year. It is also the ISRO’s 69th rocket launch from Sriharikota.
“GSLV F11 is Isro’s fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages. The four liquid strap-ons and a solid rocket motor at the core form the first stage. The second stage is equipped with high thrust engine using liquid fuel. The Cryogenic Upper Stage forms the third and final stage of the vehicle,” wrote ISRO on its website.