GSAT-7A to be launched from Sriharikota today

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Dec 19 (ANI): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will on Wednesday launch the country's newest satellite GSAT-7Afrom the second launch pad of Sathish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota. It is believed that the 2,250-kilogram geostationary communication satellite will give a boost to the Defence forces' communication capabilities. It is scheduled for launch today at 4.10 pm. GSAT-7A will provide communication services in Ku Band over the Indian region. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F11 (GSLV-F11) with indigenous cryogenic upper stage has a total of three stages before reaching the destined orbit using the onboard propulsion system. Though the first stage will take place within 20 minutes of the lift-off, it might take one or two days after separation from the launcher to reach its final orbital stage. This heavyweight communication satellite will provide vital data for hi-tech communication in strategic fields. (ANI)

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