New Delhi, Mar 29: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)‘s success in putting GSAT-6A communication satellite into its orbit has paved the way for an effective communication between armed forces personnel deployed in remote areas. This satellite will enable the armed forces to communicate with each other using hand-held devices, which are being fine-tuned by the DRDO. The DRDO is preparing for mass production of these devices for defence personnel.Also Read - Mangalayaan Era Comes To An End, 'Is Non-Recoverable' Confirms ISRO | A Peek Into Its Long Innings
The GSAT-6A was launched successfully from the Satish Dhawan centre at Sriharikota. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO for the launch, saying he was proud of the organisation for “taking the nation towards new heights and a brighter future”. Also Read - India's Maiden Mars Mission 'Mangalyaan' Runs Out of Fuel; ISRO Says 'Link Lost'
The satellite’s unique feature is its huge antenna– the largest ever built by ISRO. The diameter of the antenna is 6 meter, and it would open like an umbrella once the satellite reached its orbit. The big size makes the satellite powerful, which would ensure the exchange of data and making voice or video calls using the hand-held devices. Also Read - ISRO Test Fires Hybrid Motor to Power Future Rockets
The satellite was launched astride GSLV-F08 launch vehicles. With this, ISRO has mastered the technique of making indigenous communication satellites. The GSAT-6A satellite was put into the orbit 17 minutes after the lift-off.
The launch was the 12th flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F08 and sixth flight with the indigenous Cryogenic upper stage. GSAT-6A is similar to GSAT-6, a high power S-band communication satellite built on I-2K satellite bus with a mission life of about ten years.
The GSat-6A has the ability to provide mobile communication to the country through multibeam coverage facility. The satellite also has features like handheld ground terminals, network management techniques and 6 m S-Band Unfurlable Antenna.