August | Thursday | 27, 2015 :: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 which carried India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-6 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
GSAT-6 is the twenty fifth geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO and twelfth in the GSAT series. Five of GSAT-6’s predecessors were launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2014 respectively. After its commissioning, GSAT-6 will join the group of India’s other operational geostationary satellites.
GSAT-6 Satellite provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users. The cuboid shaped GSAT-6 has a lift-off mass of 2117 kg. Of this, propellants weigh 1132 kg and the dry mass of the satellite is 985 kg.