The Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to launch another communication satellite from its Sriharikota center. The GSAT-7A satellite for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be carried aboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) and it is set to launch in a short while.
The new communication satellite will give an extra edge to Indian Air Force during cross connectivity among several radar stations.
Launch of GSLV- F11 / GSAT-7A Mission – Live from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota
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The Indian space agency is facing an increased demand for strategic satellites, a top official has said, even as the countdown began on Tuesday afternoon for the launch a day later of the country’s latest military communications satellite, the GSAT-7 for the IAF.
“There is increased demand for satellites from strategic sectors. About six/seven satellites are planned to be built,” a senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS, preferring anonymity.
In November, ISRO put into orbit the sharp-eyed HysIS satellite for a range of applications and the data is generated by it will also be accessible by the Indian military.
In 2013, ISRO had sent up the GSAT7, or Rukmini, a communication satellite, for use by the Indian Navy.
According to ISRO, the GSLV rocket will inject the 2,250-kg GSAT-7A into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), just over 19 minutes after the lift-off.
The GSAT-7A will be lifted to its final geostationary orbit from the GTO.
The satellite, with a maximum life of eight years, has been built to provide communication capability to the IAF in Ku-band over the Indian region.