ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organisation, will launch GSAT 7A, a military communication satellite for the Indian Air Force (IAF), on December 19 with its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) rocket, said Indian space agency.
The communication satellite will be placed in the geostationary orbit and is expected to help the IAF interlink different ground radar stations, airbases and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft. The satellite will also enhance network-centric warfare capabilities of the Indian Air Force and, therefore, improve its operations.
GSAT-7A is also expected to give a major push for drone operations as it would help the Navy reduce the reliance on on-ground control stations and take satellite-control of military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which should help boost the range and endurance of the UAVs, said industry experts.
ISRO tweeted: “Update #1#GSAT7A#GSLVF11 We are all set to launch communication satellite GSAT-7A on-board GSLV-F11 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 19 December 2018. More updates to follow. #ISROMissions@PMOIndia.”
The Indian space agency said just over 19 minutes after GSLV rocket’s lift-off, GSAT 7A will be injected into a geosynchronous transfer orbit from where it would be lifted to its final geostationary orbit.
Meanwhile, Adobe, Nvidia and Microsoft top the list of leading technology organisations to work for in India, a report has said. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) entered the top 10 in the rankings and was the only public sector firm to feature on the list.
Released by job site -Indeed – others in the top ten in the list include, SAP, Akamai Technologies, VMware, Cisco, Intel and Citrix Systems Inc. According to the Top-Rated Workplaces: Best in Tech report, as rated by Indian employees, multinational companies continued to dominate the list.