CHENNAI: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched its latest advanced satellite GSAT-7A, a geostationary communication satellite, the second communication satellite meant primarily for for military applications — in orbit.
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 carrying the GSAT-7A satellite lifted off at 4.10 pm from the second launch pad at Sriharikota.
Around 19 minutes after lift-off, the GSLV-F11 injected GSAT-7A into the intended orbit. The launch was the seventh mission of Isro from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in 2018. Interestingly, this is ISRO’s 17th mission this year and 69th rocket launch from the spaceport of Sriharikota.
According to the space agency officials, the advanced communication satellite would facilitate exclusive frequency flight communication for the IAF. ISRO scientists broke into cheers as the satellite was injected into the orbit.