GSAT 7A Is Very Important Communication Satellite For IAF

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GSAT 7A is an advanced communication satellite for Indian Military especially for Indian Air Force is launched on this Wednesday. This satellite was developed in ISRO’s Satellite centre. The ISRO’s chairman K.Sivan on Wednesday watched the flight path of the GSLV-F11 intently as it soared into the evening sky carrying communication satellite GSAT-7A, meant to boost the communication infrastructure of the Indian Air Force.

Three key factors had weighed on the minds of the launch team at ISRO —the second stage of the vehicle to extend payload capability, and therefore the possibility of a cyclone looming on the coast that finally modified track gave anxious moments to the team.

Heaviest satellite
In its Mk-II version, the GSLV with the native cryogenic stage carried on board its heaviest satellite that weighed two,250 kg, from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, here at 4.10 p.m.

“[In] the vehicle, the second stage propellant loading has been raised from thirty seven.5 tonnes to forty tonnes, and refrigerant stage propellant loading has been accumulated from twelve tonnes to fifteen tonnes alongside increased thrust worth for the refrigerant stage,” Mr. Sivan said after the satellite was placed in an exceedingly‘super-synchronous transfer orbit’, a bit over nineteen minutes after launch to boost its life, pegged at eight years.

Though the Mission management team remained tight-lipped concerning the acknowledged use of the satellite, sources in ISRO and therefore the Indian Air Force said the satellite would enhance the communication capabilities of IAF. “This is primarily for the Indian Air Force’s communication purposes, like the ground to air communication. The satellite, being dubbed as ‘angry bird’ by some, is probably going to boost the variety of communication and also aid in aircraft to aircraft communication.

“There is often further enhancements in GSLV… within the coming GSLV F10s and F12 missions we are going to make {bigger|magnify|enlarge|blow up|expand|amplify|increase|widen|extend|inflate} payload compartment to accommodate still bigger spacecraft and that is another necessary challenge ahead folks and that we are getting prepared with that modification furthermore to create sure that GSLV continues to stay terribly roaring and rugged vehicle like PSLV,” said S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.

With ISRO ending the year on a high, having completed seventeen missions, Mr Sivan said he had a ‘great gift’ for his team. “This year, we have completed seventeen missions. it’s an awfully sensible number. The gift is… next year, we are progressing to have around thirty-two missions.”

Force multiplier
“It will be a serious booster and force multiplier for the Indian Air Force. once we talk of network-centric warfare, such kind of systems can facilitate accomplish full network centricity. From that perspective, it’s a major value addition to the IAF,” said Ajay Lele, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

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