The 2,250-kg military communications satellite GSAT-7A was launched at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Satellite GSAT-7A was onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk II on Wednesday.
The GSAT-7A is the 17th mission and the last launch of Indian space agency ISRO this year.
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A communications satellite that will help connect all assets of the Indian Air Force and work as a force multiplier has taken off from Sriharikota spaceport. The GSAT-7A will connect all Air Force assets like planes, air-borne early warning control platforms, drones and ground stations, building a centralised network.
This is a sophisticated satellite made to the specifications of the user and it can even help connect with handheld devices, flying objects even in remotest of places,” ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan told Media
The four solar panels of the satellite are capable of generating around 3.3 kilowatts of electrical power.
Costing around Rs 500-800 crore, the communication satellite is configured on the standard 1-2K Bus with bi-propellant chemical propulsion system for orbit rasing and in-orbit maintenance.