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India launches advanced communication satellite
January 5, 2014, 4:57 pm

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV D5) with an indigenous cryogenic engine carrying GSAT-14 communication satellite lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh state on Sunday [AP]

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV D5) with an indigenous cryogenic engine carrying GSAT-14 communication satellite lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh state on Sunday [AP]

India’s space agency on Sunday successfully launched its first rocket using domestically produced booster technology from a spaceport in southern India.

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.

India now joins a select club of nations that includes the US, Russia, Japan, China and France to have tasted success with an indigenous cryogenic engine.

“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.

 

Source: Agencies

One Response to India launches advanced communication satellite

  1. vaibhav Reply

    January 6, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Out of 6 NATIONS who enjoys CRYOGENIC engine technology, 3 of them are from BRICs now. I believe BRICs may take space technologies to new height to explore the planets suitable to live for human being.

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