The 27-hour countdown has started for ISRO’s next Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) launch on Thursday, March 29, carrying communication satellite GSAT-6A, following the authorization given by the Indian Space Research Organisation ‘s committee on Mission Readiness Review (MRR) and Launch Authorisation Board (LAB).
The 415.6 ton GSLV rocket measuring 49.1 metre tall is scheduled to blast off at 4.56 p.m. from the second launch pad at Indian rocket port in Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh. The GSAT-6A satellite will be put into orbit after 17 minutes liftoff of the rocket.
This time around, ISRO has made two major improvements — induction of high core Vikas engine and electromechanical actuation system — which will prove compelling during the second stage of the rocket launch, to test activity for a lunar mission in the future.
The ISRO said that the GSAT-6A was familiar to the GSAT-6 featuring a high power S-band communication satellite configured around I-2K bus, with a mission life of about 10 years.
The satellite will provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of 6m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, handheld ground terminals and network management methods which will be helpful in satellite-based mobile communication applications.
ISRO Chairman K.Sivan had earlier told IANS that the GSAT-6A would be followed by the launch of navigation satellite which will be in the next fiscal. The union budget for 2018-19 has given the Department of Space funds for three earth observation space crafts, four Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flights and one each of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MkII and Mk III.