Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday successfully put in orbit GSAT-6 communication satellite. The GSLV D-6 is the second successful consecutive launch of the GSLV series with indigenous cryogenic upper stage.
About 17 minute after the 49.1 metre high spacecraft lifted off raised from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre with a lift-off weight of 416 tonne at 4.52 pm, the rocket placed GSAT-6 in the intended orbit.
GSLV stands for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. It is used for launching Geostationary Satellites into orbit (Geostationary Satellites are those Satellites which have an orbital period of 24 hours) Here are some facts about the launch that one should be familiar with: 1- The GSLV equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS), successfully launched GSAT-6 communication satellite, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). 2- It was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre , Sriharikota, India at 4:52 pm Indian Standard Time. Approximately 17 minutes after the launch The satellite was placed in an elliptical orbit (GTO) 3- This was the fifth developmental flight of GSLV and the third to carry the indigenous CUS. 4- The GSAT-6 satellite is now orbiting the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 168 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,939 km with an orbital inclination of 20.01 deg with respect to the equator. 5- The 416 tonne and 49 m tall launch vehicle codenamed GSLV-D carries the satellite GSAT-6 which weighs 2117 kg 6- The Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka is currently controlling the GSAT-6. 7- In a few weeks GSAT-6's orbit will be raised from its present GTO to the final intended Circular Geostationary Orbit (GSO)
Another day & another phenomenal accomplishment by our scientists. Congratulations @isro for the successful launch of GSAT-6.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2015