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Isro places GSAT-6A communication satellite in orbit: All you need to know

The mission life of spacecraft planned is about 10 years


People look on as ISRO's GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT-6A communication satellite blasts off into the orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota (Photo: PTI)

T E Narasimhan Chennai
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Thursday successfully launched communication satellite GSAT-6A, on board its geosynchronous rocket GSLV-F08, at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

The 27-hour countdown ended at 4:56 pm. The satellite, with a mission life of about 10 years, would provide a thrust to mobile communication through a multi-beam coverage facility, the Isro said. The launch vehicle, about 49.1-metre-tall and weighing 415.6 tonnes, is fitted with an indigenously developed third-stage cryogenic engine. 

About 18 minutes after the launch, the GSAT-6A was put on the orbit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Isro.

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First Published: Mar 29 2018 | 8:53 PM IST

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