Sriharikota: Clearing all doubts on its cryogenic capabilities, Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6), placing GSAT-6, a 2,117kg communication satellite in orbit.
This is the second successful GSLV launch using an indigenous cryogenic engine. GSLV-D6 carrying GSAT-6 lifted off from Sriharikota spaceport at 4.52pm as scheduled. This was the ninth flight of the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle.
GSAT-6 provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users. One of the advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite is its S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6 m diameter. This is the largest satellite antenna realized by Isro and it has a life of nine years. GSAT-6 will be used mainly for military purposes