GSLV-F11 successfully launches GSAT-7A into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit

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Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 19 (ANI): Communication satellite GSAT-7A on-board GSLV-F11 was launched at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. GSAT-7A will provide communication services in Ku Band over the Indian region. Weighing 2250 kg, GSAT-7A has a mission life of eight years. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F11 (GSLV-F11) with indigenous cryogenic upper stage has a total of three stages before reaching the destined orbit using the onboard propulsion system. Though the first stage will take place within 20 minutes of the lift-off, it might take one or two days after separation from the launcher to reach its final orbital stage. This heavyweight communication satellite will provide vital data for hi-tech communication in strategic fields. GSAT-7A has been built exclusively for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army and will add to the forces' communication capabilities. The satellite is expected to help the IAF interlink different ground radar stations, airbases and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft.

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