ISRO's GSAT-6A satellite countdown begins, be ready to watch the launch on March 29
New Delhi : The countdown for the launch of ISRO's GSAT-6A satellite has already started, launch on March 29. It will launched by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, at 4.56 pm Thursday, March 29.
While scientists continue with the countdown, take a look at some important facts about this ISRO’s satellite to be launched tomorrow.
GSLV -F08 / GSAT-6A Mission important facts
The satellite will be launched by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).
The GSLV rocker weighs 415.6 tonnes and is 49.1 meters tall.
As reported by IANS, the GSAT-6A satellite will be put into orbit about 17 minutes after the launch,
ISRO mentioned that GSAT-6A satellite is similar to GSAT-6 but with a few improvements as compared with the later.
The improvements include the use of the high thrust Vikas engine and an electromechanical actuation system
ISRO chairman K Sivan told IANS that the communication satellite's Thursday launch will cover the way for another navigation satellite.
The next launch has been planned for the next fiscal.
In the mean time, ISRO is also working on its second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, the launch of which has been postponed to October.
"Chandrayaan 2 will not be in April, it has been changed to October," the Press Trust of India quoted Sivan as saying.
Sivan said that the Chandrayaan 2 mission still needs to undergo a few tests, and will be ready for take-off only after the tests are completed successfully.