ISRO to launch GSAT-6 communication satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 which carried India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-6. The Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6) rocket lifted off from Sriharikota

This was the ninth flight of the GSLV and the third development flight using a cryogenic engine. GSAT-6 is the twenty fifth geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO and twelfth in the GSAT series. Five of GSAT-6’s predecessors were launched by GSLV in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2014 respectively.

GSAT-6 satellite provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users. The cuboid shaped GSAT-6 has a lift-off mass of 2117 kg. Of this, propellants weigh 1132 kg and the dry mass of the satellite is 985 kg.