ISRO's GSLV rocket carrying the country's communications satellite GSAT-6A lifted off from Sriharikota. The GSLV-F08 rocket saddled with the passenger satellite in its payload fairing blasted off from the second launch pad at 4.56 pm.
Leaving behind plumes of smoke, the 49.1-metre tall GSLV soared majestically into clear skies, carrying the 2,140 kg GSAT-6A satellite to be injected into a geostationary orbit at a height of about 36,000 km.
According to ISRO, two improvements-induction of high thrust Vikas engine and electromechanical actuation system - have been made in the rocket's second stage this time around.
Indian rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), carrying the communication satellite GSAT-6A seen at the Umbilical Tower of the Second Launch Pad, at Sriharikota.
The satellite will provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of 6m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, handheld ground terminals and network management techniques. These are useful in satellite-based mobile communication applications.
- ISRO- Indian Space Research Organisation
- Headquarters: Bengaluru
- Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
- Founded: 15 August 1969
- Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan