Sriharikota: India’s GSAT-29 communication satellite was successfully launched today by the second developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MkIII-D2) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
GSLV MkIII-D2 lifted off from the Second Launch Pad of SDSC SHAR at 17:08 hours (IST), carrying the 3,423-kg GSAT-29 satellite. About 17 minutes later, the vehicle-injected the satellite into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) as planned. After injection, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan has assumed the control of the satellite. In the coming days, three orbit-raising manoeuvers will be executed to position the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit at its designated location. GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy-lift launch vehicle developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
GSAT-29 is a multiband, multi-beam communication satellite, intended to serve as a testbed for several new and critical technologies. Its Ku-band and Ka-band payloads are configured to cater to the communication requirements of users including those from remote areas.
In addition, the Q/V-Band communication payload onboard is intended to demonstrate the future high throughput satellite system technologies. Geo High-Resolution Camera will carry out high-resolution imaging. Optical Communication Payload will demonstrate data transmission at a very high rate through an optical communication link.
After the successful launch, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said: “India has achieved a significant milestone with our heaviest launcher lifting off the heaviest satellite from the Indian soil. The launch vehicle has precisely placed the satellite in its intended orbit. I congratulate entire ISRO team for this achievement.”
Jayakumar B, Mission Director, GSLV Mark III said it is the guidance of the Mentors at ISRO that helped the team to march ahead while facing obstacles. “The industry partners too played a key role in this mission.”
The success of GSLV MkIII-D2 marks an important milestone in the Indian space programme towards achieving self-reliance in launching heavier satellites.
The Thiruvananthapuram based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is the lead centre of ISRO responsible for the design and development of launch vehicle technology including the development of GSLV Mk Ill. A team from VSSC was present at Sriharikota for the launch.
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