Indian Rocket lifts-off with military satellite for Indian Air Force

Indian Rocket lifts-off with military satellite for Indian Air Force

Indian Rocket lifts-off with military satellite for Indian Air Force 

New Delhi: On wednesday evening, an Indian GSLV-F11 rocket with a two-tonne GSAT-7A military communication satellite lifted-off from the second launch pad.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark II, numbered GSLV-F11,was launched at 4.10 p.m. by the Indian space agency, rose into the sky with a deep-throated growl, breaking free of its shackles.

With a thick orange flame at its tail, the rocket rapidly rushed towards the blue skies.

The rocket will sling the GSAT-7A, weighing 2,250 kg, that would beef up the communication capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF) over its eight-year life span.

With this satellite, the IAF will be able to link its various ground radar stations, its airbases and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The GSAT-7A satellite may also control the IAF's unmanned aerial vehicles and drones.

The GSLV is a three-stage/engine rocket. The core of first stage is fired with solid fuel while the four strap-on motors by liquid fuel. The second is the liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine.

The Indian space agency is also facing an increased demand for strategic satellites.

"There is increased demand for satellites from strategic sectors. About six/seven satellites are planned to be built," a senior official of ISRO told news agency IANS.

ISRO, in November had put into orbit the sharp-eyed HysIS satellite for a range of applications and the data it generated by it will also be accessible by the Indian military.

The Indian Space Reasearch Organistaion had sent up the GSAT7, or Rukmini, communication satellite, for use by the Indian Navy.

(Inputs from news agency IANS)