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August 24-30, 2015 / Vol 34, No 34 / Hawai`i Island, USA

21 Aug 2015, 19:53 UTC
August 24-30, 2015 / Vol 34, No 34 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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India Seeks Continued GSLV Resurgence with GSAT 6 Launch

The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) is eager and determined to re-establish reliable heavy-lift rocket launching operations with another success of GSLV, the D6 in Mark 2 configuration carrying the GSAT 6 communications satellite. The launch is scheduled for August 27 at 11:22am UCT from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, a barrier island off the Bay of Bengal at about 13.7°N latitude in the state of Andhra Pradesh. December 2014 saw India’s largest rocket ever the GSLV Mark 3 with two massive S-200 solid strap-on boosters each carrying 207 tons of solid propellant, lofting the 3775-kg CARE human spaceflight experimental system into a sub-orbital test flight at an altitude of 126 km. If everything goes right, this will be the 3rd successful launch of GSLV since its return to flight January 5, 2014 after a 4 year hiatus. GSAT 6 is a multi-media mobile satellite system offering Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (S-DMB) service, via mobile phones and mobile video/audio receivers for vehicles. It can also be utilized for strategic and social applications. ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar projects that India will execute an average of 30 launches over the ...

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