Communication satellite GSAT-6A launch

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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08), fitted with indigenously developed cryogenic third stage, injected the satellite into orbit about 18 minutes after its lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.

The ISRO has launched its home-made communications satellites GSAT-6A in Sri Harikota on Thursday, media reports said. Once the GSAT-6A satellite becomes operational, it will perform its function of providing point-to-point communication along with the previously launched GSAT-6 that was launched earlier.

The GSLV Mk-II was also used electromechanical actuation system in the second stage instead of the electro-hydraulic actuation system.

In the following days, controllers at the Master Control facility in Hassan, Karnataka, would carry out three orbit raising maneuvers using it's on board propulsion systems to take the satellite closer to its intended space home of 83 deg east longitude at a height of 36,000 km. Consequently, the Department of Space (DoS) got the Cabinet approval for the building of GSAT-6 at a cost of ₹269 crore and GSAT-6A at a cost of ₹147 crore under the Commission's delegated powers. The cryogenic upper stage of GSLV carries cryogenic propellants namely "Liquid Hydrogen" and "Liquid Oxygen" in two separate tanks.

Panoramic view of GSLV-F08 on the Mobile Launch Pedestal with the Vehicle Assembly Building in the background. Once the first stage exhausted, the second stage ignites with is propelled using liquid fuel.

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The satellite also contained an Unfurlable Antenna' which is six meters long and has an umbrella-like shape.

The rocket will launch from Sriharikota's second launch pad at 4.56 pm.

This is ISRO's last launch of the financial year and a navigation satellite is set to be launched after the next fiscal year begins. "The importance of this mission is that we have enhanced the performance of the vehicle with an improved high thrust Vikas engine that has increased thrust by 6% thereby enhancing payload capability by 50%", Times of India quoted the ISRO chairman as saying.

The mission is expected to last at least 10 years.

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