The GSLV Mk III-D2 mission is all set to launch the GSAT-29 satellite that will meet the communication needs of users in rural and remote areas of the country. This will be the second development launch of the GSLV Mk III vehicle.
The launch has been scheduled for Wednesday, 14 November, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota, subject to weather conditions, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said.
ISRO shared information about the launch preparations on Twitter.
Update #1 #ISROMissions#GSLVMkIIID2
Payload fairing of 2nd developmental flight of #GSLVMkIII being transported (last week) to the Vehicle Assembly Building at SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. Launch scheduled on Nov 14. Updates to continue. @PMOIndia @DrJitendraSingh @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/QcodAMSZSi
— ISRO (@isro) November 12, 2018
A high throughput communication satellite, the GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders intended to meet the communication requirements of users including those in remote areas.
In addition, several new technologies such as Q/V-band payload, data transmission through optical communication link will be demonstrated, ISRO has said. This will help in the development of future advanced satellites.
It weighs 3,423 kg and has been designed for a mission life of 10 years.
According to ISRO, the GSLV Mk III-D2 will inject the satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a 21.5 degree inclination to the equator.
The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit (GEO) using the onboard propulsion system. It may take few days after separation from the launcher to reach its orbital slot.
What the GSLV Mk III Is All About
According to ISRO, GSLV Mk III is designed to carry 4 ton class of satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This is about twice the capability of GSLV Mk II.
This is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle with two solid strap-ons, a core liquid booster and a cryogenic upper stage.
The first developmental flight of GSLV Mk III, the GSLV Mk III-D1, successfully placed a GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on 5 June 2017.