indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is preparing to launch its most prime and latest communication satellite, 'GSAT-7A' aboard from Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F11) on 19th December 2018 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The GSLV-F11 is ISRO's 4th generation launch vehicle with three stages. The launch vehicle, which is in its 13th flight, will inject GSAT-7A into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
GSAT-7A satellite weight is about 2,250 kg, is the 35th communication satellite built by ISRO. It is configured on ISRO's standard I-2000 Kg (I-2K) Bus.
GSAT-7A satellite has a mission life of 8 years has been built to provide communication capability to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region. The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit (GEO) using the onboard propulsion system.
As per to the ISRO officials, GSAT-7A will take a few days after separation from the launcher to reach its orbital slot.
Earlier on 5th December 2018, India’s next generation high throughput communication satellite, GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the Kourou launch base in French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-246.