1.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday launched the GSAT-6A communication satellite using the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) from Sriharikota.
2.GSLV-F08 is the12th flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and Sixth flight with indigenous Cryogenic Stage and has one of the largest Antenna.
3.The antenna, which has a diameter of 6 meters, will open up like an umbrella once the satellite is in orbit.
4.This ensures a two-way exchange of data, voice or video, can be carried out through small hand-held devices from any corner of the country.
5.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.
6.The 2066-ton satellite, built at a cost of Rs.270 crore, has been sent and it will receive signals from hand-held devices.
7.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.
8.These are useful in satellite-based mobile communication applications, DRDO etc..,
9.The GSLV rocket, which will carry up the communications satellite, was dubbed the “Naughty Boy” by ISRO scientists. The 416-plus ton rocket has had a patchy record, with four of its 12 flights ending in failure.
10.The engine was named as “Vikas”. The engine, which works on liquid propellants, was used in the second stage to give the rocket a higher thrust.
11.This was the first time all three operational rockets of ISRO were on the launch pad in a state of readiness.