ISRO Launches Communication Satellite GSAT-29 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre

ISRO Launches Communication Satellite GSAT-29 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre

ISRO To Launch Communication Satellite GSAT-29 Today 

New Delhi: The national space agency, ISRO launched one of it's heavy-lift rocket GSLV Mark-Three, this evening at 05.08 hours from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh, which is about 90 kilometres off Chennai.

The rocket GSLV Mark-Three carries the country’s second high-throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 into its planned geostationary transfer orbit. The aim of the satellite is to increase hi-speed communication facilities in the north east and nation's far flung areas.

According to the media reports, this is the second test flight for the rocket GSLV Mark-III. Its success today would prove its reliability for commercial launches.

The same class of rocket is to be used for the forthcoming Chandrayaan-II mission in January next year. The four-ton class vehicle comprises three stages, beginning with the two solid strap-on motors on both the sides of the middle stage.

The middle stage uses liquid fuel and the upper one is a cryogenic engine. The multi-beam and high-throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 will carry Ku and Ka band transponders. A few other systems are also present in it, for experimenting with the evolving technologies in satellite science. The satellite's mission life is a decade long.

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