Communications satellite that will help connect all assets of the Indian Air Force and work as a force multiplier, will be the 17th and last launch of Indian space agency ISRO for the year 2018.
The long-awaited GSAT-7A, which would take-off from Sriharikota today evening, will connect all IAF assets like planes, air-borne early warning control platforms, drones and ground stations, building a centralised network. Along with GSAT-7 and GSAT-6, this new satellite, dubbed the “Indian Angry Bird”, will form the band of communications satellite for use of Indian military.
The GSAT-7A satellite for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be carried aboard a geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) that will lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 4.10 pm on 19 December
Nineteen minutes after launch, the rocket will place the GSAT-7A into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The satellite will then be placed into a geostationary orbit (GEO) using its onboard propulsion system over a period of a few days.
The 2,250-kg military communications satellite GSAT-7A launches today from Sriharikota, using the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk II.