The launch of Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 carrying India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-6 is scheduled for August 27, Indian Space Research Organisation said today.
The launch of GSLV-D6 carrying GSAT-6 is scheduled at 16:52 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, ISRO said. ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar had earlier said that the satellite would be for strategic application. “It will give you a capability to communicate with very small hand held device. For eg, You can communicate directly through the satellite to any other part using a small mobile. (This is) because the antenna size (of the satellite) is very large, so it has got a much higher signal grasping power,” he said.
K.Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, had said that cost of the 2.5 tonne vehicle would be around Rs 250 crore, adding that the launch of GSAT 6 is expected to give a huge impetus in the field of communication in the country.