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GSAT-7A/GSLV-F11 launch LATEST updates: ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) successfully launched the GSAT-7A military communication satellite on the GSLV-F11 rocket today at 4.10 pm IST.
In a 20-minute launch sequence, the GSLV-F11 lifted off from its Sriharikota launchpad, and released the GSAT-7A into a geosynchronous transfer at an altitude of 270 kilometres.
Third successful mission in 35 days, says ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan.
The satellite features a Gregorian antenna, which is used to enhance the performance. The solar panels have been deployed, and starting 20 December the tracing team will begin operation in Bengaluru.
GSAT-7A satellite separation was a success.
Cryogenic stage engines have been shut off, and 10 minutes
Payload fairing has separated Second-stage engine started
First-stage performance normal
Satellite's lift-off normal and successful.
Automated launch sequence begins
GSAT-7A will enable the Indian Air Force (IAF) to interlink its many ground radar stations, airbases and aircrafts. It will also help IAF boost their network-dependant warfare capabilities and expand their current operations globally in the near future.
The current mission is the 69th launch from the Sriharikota launch pad.
The miliary communications satellite GSAT-7A with its solar panelled opened up. Image courtesy: ISRO
A live stream of the launch begun at 3.30 pm IST here on ISRO's website and on DD National's Youtube channel.
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