In a big milestone, the Indian Space Research and Organisation on Thursday successfully launched GSAT-6A satellite. The satellite was carried on the GSLV MK-II rocket and was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota at 4.56pm.
“The launch vehicle demonstrated the capability of GSLV as an operational launcher. It has evolved as a workhorse,” P. Kunhikrishnan, director at Satish Dhawan Space Center.
This is the twelfth launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F08 and sixth flight with the indigenous cryogenic upper stage engines which will allow the vehicle to carry more payloads.
The GSAT-6A is an improved and advanced version of GSAT-6 satellite and it will be employed for providing mobile communication to multi beam coverage facility. Also it will provide platform demonstration of 6m S-Band module system.