The 26-hour launch countdown began yesterday. ISRO said the new satellite will give communication capability in Ku-band over the entire Indian region. The mission span of the satellite GSAT-7A is eight years. This launch will mark the 69th mission of GSLV-F11.
GSLV-F11 is fourth generation launch vehicle of ISRO. A solid rocket motor and four liquid strap-ons form the first stage of propulsion in the launch vehicle. The second stage of propulsion is implemented with a high thrust engine using liquid fuel, the space agency mentioned on its website. The Cryogenic Upper Stage forms the third and final stage of the vehicle.