India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-6 is getting ready for its big launch at Sriharikota on Thursday and the countdown has begun. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be launching its 25th home made communications satellite in space using the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) that uses an Indian made cryogenic engine being tested for the third time.
This satellite was in a long term controversy because it was initially part of the infamous Antrix-Devas agreement. However The Indian government cancelled the deal and an international agitation still continues.
The heavyweight Indian rocket that weighs The 416 tonnes overpowered Indian rocket is approximately 50 meters tall is all set for its launch. The GSLV rocket is being powered using an Indian made cryogenic engine. Nicked as ‘naughty boy’ this rocket has had a patchy record with less than half the flights being successful. It will hoist a very special military communications satellite called GSAT-6.
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