In a major boost for the communication capabilities of the defence forces, communication satellite GSAT-7A was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday.
The satellite was launched on-board GSLV-F11 from the second launch pad of Sathish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.
GSLV-F11 will inject GSAT-7A into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). It is believed that the 2,250-kilogram geostationary communication satellite will bolster defence forces' networking capacities.
GSAT-7A which is the 35th Indian Communication satellite built by ISRO will provide communication capability to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region.
GSAT-7A Spacecraft is configured on ISRO's standard I-2000 Kg (I-2K) Bus.
The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit (GEO) using the onboard propulsion system. It will take a few days after separation from the launcher to reach its orbital slot.
GSLV - F11 is ISRO's fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages. The four liquid strap-ons and a solid rocket motor at the core form the first stage. The second stage is equipped with a high thrust engine using liquid fuel. The Cryogenic Upper Stage forms the third and final stage of the vehicle. (ANI)