On Wednesday, The Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched its new communication satellite from Satish Dhawan Space centre, in Sri Harikota which is named as GSAT-7A, which will substantially enhance the communication systems of the Indian Air Force and the satellite is named as “Indian Angry Bird”. The GSAT-7A will connect all IAF assets like planes, airborne early warning control platforms and drones with each other and ground stations, and work towards a network-centric warfare capability. This satellite will also reduce the possibility of leakage of information.
The chairman of ISRO Dr K. Sivan said that “In 35 days, this was the 7th mission by ISRO. Four Indian made satellites have been launched and 3 rockets have been successfully launched from Sri Harikota.” And he also added that GLSV has placed GSAT-7A in a super-synchronous orbit achieving an altitude of 2000 km.
The weight of the satellite is 2,250-kg on the GSLV MK II (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) which is powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine. This is the seventh flight of the rocket with Indian-made cryogenic engine. ISRO has mentioned GSAT-7A as the 39th satellite of ISRO. The lifespan of this satellite will be 8 years. This satellite is expected to interlink all the ground-based radars, air bases, and control aircraft for surveillance, maintain air superiority and gather intelligence by detecting aircraft etc. The satellite is also expected to boost the IAF’s network-centric warfare capabilities.
The satellite will also provide a secure mode of communication and it will also help drones to conduct surveillance satellite controlled unnamed Ariel vehicles improve their range and endurance to strike at enemy targets.
In September 2013, ISRO launched GSAT-7 named as Rukmini which was a communication satellite usually for Navy to monitor the Indian Ocean Region up to 2,000 nautical miles and provide real-time inputs to Indian warships, submarines and maritime aircraft.