India readies new satellite for launch

India is set to launch its high-power GSAT-6A communications satellite on March 29th.

India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will use one of its rockets for the launch, from the Sriharikota island site in Andhra Pradesh province on the edge of the Indian Ocean.

The satellite is equipped with C-band and S-band transponders which ISRO says will provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of its massive 6m S-Band deployable antenna (the largest launched by India), which can then be used for handheld mobile phones, vehicular communications and network management techniques as well as multi-media applications.

It will be placed at 83 degrees East, and have a life of nine-to-10 years.

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