Isro begins countdown for lift-off Satellite GSAT-7A


CHENNAI: The 26-hour countdown for the launch of Indian Space Research Organisation’s communication satellite GSAT-7A onboard Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 from Sriharikota, ISRO said. The satellite to be launched by ISRO on December 19 is designed with a lifespan of eight years. The satellite will be launched at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The GSAT-7A satellite for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be carried aboard a geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) that will lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 4.10 pm on 19 December. The Indian Navy already has a satellite dedicated for its own use — the GSAT-7, also called Rukmini. GSAT-7A, weighing 2,250kg, will provide communication capabilities to the user in Ku-band. The primary aim behind the launch of the satellite is to provide enhanced coverage to the Indian Army.

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