Another feather in India’s cap, ISRO successfully launches GSAT-6A communication satellite

ISRO Satellite launch LIVE Updates: In the field of space technology, India will close this fiscal with the launch of the GSAT-6A. Follow this space for more updates on the launch.

ISRO, GSAT-6A launch, Communication satellite, GSLV-F08, Isro satellite launch, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SDSC, Sriharikota, Indian Express ISRO satellite launch: The GSAT-6A will be launched at 4.56 pm today. (Source: ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday launched the GSAT-6A communication satellite using the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The high power S-band communication satellite — which has a lifespan of around 10 years — was blasted off from the second launch pad at the Sriharikota rocket port at 4.56 pm today.

ISRO said that the GSAT-6A was similar to the GSAT-6. ISRO Chairman K Sivan had told news agency IANS that the GSAT-6A would be followed by the launch of navigation satellite which will be in the next fiscal.

GSAT-6A 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.

Follow Highlights of the ISRO GSAT-6A launch here

  1. 6:11PM
    29 Mar, 18
    PM Modi congratulates ISRO

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO over its feat. "GSAT-6A, a communication satellite, will provide new possibilities for mobile applications. Proud of ISRO for taking the nation towards new heights and a brighter future," he tweets.

  2. 5:49PM
    29 Mar, 18
    ISRO to have 10 more missions in next nine months

    In next nine months, we are going to have 10 missions. We will have the launch of high-bandwidth satellites for communication purposes, said ISRO chief Dr K Sivan.

  3. 5:18PM
    29 Mar, 18
    ISRO successfully launches GSAT-6A communication satellite
  4. 5:16PM
    29 Mar, 18
    Cryogenic engine shut-off, satellite successfully separated from rocket

    GSAT-6A successfully separated from the launch vehicle, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) and injected into the orbit.

  5. 5:01PM
    29 Mar, 18
    ISRO launches GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT6A communication satellite
  6. 4:59PM
    29 Mar, 18
    GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT-6A communication satellite lifts off

    The GSAT-6A communication satellite using the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) has been launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota. 

  7. 4:52PM
    29 Mar, 18
    Visuals from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota ahead of launch
  8. 4:52PM
    29 Mar, 18

    According to ISRO, two improvements have been made in the rocket's second stage namely, electromechanical actuation system and induction of high thrust Vikas engine.

  9. 4:10PM
    29 Mar, 18

    The GSAT-6A satellite will be put into orbit around 17 minutes after the rocket's lift off, reports IANS.

  10. 3:44PM
    29 Mar, 18
    Countdown for GSAT-6A satellite launch progressing normally

    The 27-hour countdown for the launch of rocket carrying strategic communication satellite GSAT-6A is progressing smoothly, an ISRO official said.According to ISRO, the real-time systems check operations have been completed.


  11. 1:25PM
    29 Mar, 18

    GSAT-6A, is similar to GSAT-6, a high power S-band communication satellite built on I-2K satellite bus with a mission life of about ten years.

  12. 11:24AM
    29 Mar, 18

    GSLV-F08, weighing 415.6 tonnes with a height of 49.1 metre comes with notable improvements like induction of High Thrust Vikas Engine, electromechanical actuation system in place of electro-hydraulic actuation system.

  13. 9:22AM
    29 Mar, 18

    The launch marks the 12th flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F08 and sixth flight with the indigenous Cryogenic upper stage.