GSLV Mk III-D2 / GSAT-29 Mission
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GSLV MkIII-D2, the second developmental flight of GSLV MkIII successfully launched
GSAT-29, a high throughput communication satellite at 5.08 pm IST on November 14,
2018 from the Second Launch Pad(SLP) at
Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
GSLV-Mk III which is three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons, a liquid
propellant core stage and a cryogenic stage, is capable of launching 4 ton class of
satellite to Geosynchronous Transfer orbit (GTO).
GSAT-29 satellite with a lift-off mass of 3423 kg, is a multi-beam, multiband
communication satellite of India, configured around the ISRO’s enhanced I-3K bus.
This is the heaviest satellite launched from India.
GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders which will
bridge the digital divide of users including those in Jammu & Kashmir and North
Eastern regions of India. It also carries Q/V-band payload, configured for
technology demonstration at higher frequency bands and Geo-stationary High
Resolution Camera. carried onboard GSAT-29 spacecraft. An optical communication
payload, for the first time, will be utilized for data transmission.