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The 415-tonne rocket deployed a two-tonne advanced communications satellite some 17 minutes after blast-off, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Dr K. Radhakrishnan.
“I am extremely happy and proud to say team ISRO has done it. The Indian cryogenic engine and stage performed as predicted, as expected for this mission and injected precisely the GSAT-14 communication satellite into intended orbit,” K. Radhakrishnan, ISRO chairman said.
Launching a GSLV with an indigenous cryogenic engine has been a major challenge for the Indian space agency since 2001 after multiple unsuccessful attempts. Only four of earlier seven attempts have succeeded.
GSAT-14 is India’s 23rd geostationary communication satellite.
GSAT-14 would join the group of India’s nine operational geostationary satellites. The primary objective of this mission is to augment the in-orbit capacity of extended C and Ku-band transponders and provide a platform for new experiments.