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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched the GSLV-MK-III D2 rocket carrying the GSAT-29 communication satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
According to the ISRO website, the GSAT-29 is a communication satellite weighing 3423 kg. The spacecraft will be located at 55 °E longitude and designed for a mission life of 10 years.
????LIVE Now: Launch of GSLV Mk-III D2/ GSAT-29 Mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota https://t.co/nIwBVLhaBx— PIB India (@PIB_India) November 14, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet congratulated the ISRO, "My heartiest congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of GSLV MK III-D2 carrying the GSAT-29 satellite. The double success sets a new record of putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle."
My heartiest congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of GSLV MK III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 satellite. The double success sets a new record of putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle. @isro— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 14, 2018
After the launch of Satellite, K Sivan, Chairman of ISRO said, "This particular satellite is going to provide services to the remote place in India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast India under Digital India program of Government of India."
"Credit must go to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) team. Let me congratulate the entire team for this wonderful achievement," he added.
The GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders intended to meet the communication requirements of users including those in remote areas.
"In addition, several new technologies such as Q/V-band payload, data transmission through optical communication link will be demonstrated. This will help in realizing future advanced satellites," it added.