2018 has been a rocketing year for ISRO and quite literally!

After the successful launch of ISRO’s heaviest satellite from Indian soil, the space agency on Wednesday launches the country’s newest satellite GSAT-7A.

The geostationary satellite was launched today at 4:10 pm from the second launch pad of Sathish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

With a mission life of eight years, the newest satellite will provide communication capability to users in Ku-band over the Indian region.

Weighing 2,250-kilogram, the geostationary communication satellite will also give a boost to the Defence forces’ communication capabilities, added ISRO statement.

This heavyweight communication satellite will provide vital data for hi-tech communication in strategic fields.

The Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 will inject GSAT-7A into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). With indigenous cryogenic upper stage, it will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the on-board propulsion systems.

GSLV-F11 is ISRO’s fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages.

This will be the seventh launch of 2018 from Sriharikota which marks the 69th mission of GSLV-F11 for ISRO.

On November 14, ISRO had launched its heaviest satellite from Indian soil. The heavy-lift GSLV Mk III rocket, ISRO’s most powerful rocket to date, launched the GSAT-29, a communication satellite weighing 3423 kg, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.

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