ISRO’s GSLV Mk III-D2 mission is accomplished! GSLV stands for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, ‘Mk’ stands for mark, III represents that it is a three stage vehicle, ‘D2’ represents second development flight.
GSLV Mk III-D2 launched the sattelite, GSAT-29. ‘GSAT’ stands for Geo synchronous Satellites.
The mass of the sattelite is about 3423 kg, which is the heaviest satellite launched by ISRO.
It was successfully launched on 5:08 PM (Indian Standard Time) on November 14, 2018.
GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders which will bridge the digital divide of users including those in Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern regions of India. It also carries Q/V-band payload, configured for technology demonstration at higher frequency bands and Geo-stationary High Resolution Camera. carried onboard GSAT-29 spacecraft. An optical communication payload, for the first time, will be utilized for data transmission.
Some information of the mission is illustrated in the two infographics below:
Here’s a video from PIB India:
📡LIVE Now: Launch of GSLV Mk-III D2/ GSAT-29 Mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota https://t.co/nIwBVLhaBx
— PIB India (@PIB_India) November 14, 2018
SOME IMAGES FROM ISRO ABOUT THE MISSION
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India congratulating ISRO through Twitter:
My heartiest congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of GSLV MK III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 satellite. The double success sets a new record of putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle. @isro
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 14, 2018
All the images are taken from ISRO.GOV.IN
- GSLV Mk III-D2 / GSAT-29 Mission – ISRO. November 2018. https://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/gslv-mk-iii-d2-gsat-29-mission (accessed November 15, 2018).
- ISRO (@isro) | Twitter. https://twitter.com/isro (accessed November 15, 2018).