ISRO gears up to launch communication satellite GSAT-29, weather still holds key


Chennai: The 27-hour countdown began Tuesday for the launch of India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-29 onboard the second developmental flight GSLV-MkII D2 from the spaceport of Sriharikota Wednesday evening, subject to weather conditions, the ISRO said.

Though cyclone “Gaja”, earlier forecast to cross the coast between Chennai and Sriharikota, has changed course, the Indian Space Research Organisation said the launch slated for 5.08 pm was subject to the weather and it may go for postponement in case of non-conducive conditions.

GSAT-29 carries Ka and Ku band high throughput transponders intended to meet the communication requirements of users, including in the North East and in Jammu and Kashmir.

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