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GSAT-6A Successfully Launched by ISRO

Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched the GSAT6A satellite which is a twin of GSAT6. The communication satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota

GSLV Mk II (F08) carrying GSAT-6A took off from the second launch pad in Sriharikota.

Features of the satellite

  • The satellite will offer mobile communication to India through multibeam coverage facility.
  • It will also provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of 6m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, handheld ground terminals and network management techniques that could be useful in satellite-based mobile communication applications. 
  • It is high power S-band communication satellite built on I-2K satellite bus with a mission life of about ten years.
  • In its oval shaped GTO, GSAT-6A orbits the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169.4 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 36,692.5 km with an orbital inclination of 20.64 deg with respect to the equator.
  • Induction of high thrust Vikas engine and electromechanical actuation system were made in the rocket's second stage this time around. 
GSAT-6A Successfully Launched by ISRO  GSAT-6A Successfully Launched by ISRO Reviewed by Insiya on March 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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