GSLV-F11, carrying India's geostationary communication satellite GSAT-7A, lifts off

ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 lifter off from Sriharikota on Wednesday carrying India's geostationary communication satellite GSAT-7A, which will substantially enhance the communication systems of the Indian Air Force.

The 26-hour countdown for the launch commenced at 2.10 pm on Tuesday and the rocket blasted off at 4.10 pm from the second launch pad at the satellite launch site in Sriharikota, over 100 km from Sriharikota.

The mission life of the 2,250kg GSAT-7A, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is eight years.

It will provide communication capability to users in Ku-band over the Indian region.

The GSLV-F11, ISRO's fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages, will inject the GSAT-7A into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using its onboard propulsion systems.

(Agencies)