Launch of GSLV Mk III-D2 from Sriharikota

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday carried out the second orbit raising operation of its advanced communication satellite GSAT-29, which was launched by the heaviest rocket GSLV Mk III-D2 from Sriharikota on Wednesday.

A ISRO release here said the second orbit raising operation of GSAT-29 was successfully carried out by firing the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) engine of the satellite at 10:27 hrs for a duration of 4,988 seconds.

After the Orbit was raised, the following parameters were realised:

Apogee x Perigee: 35,837 km x 32,825 km
Inclination: 0.31 deg
Orbital period: 22.7 hours

The Orbital period was 22.7 hours, it said. Soon after the successful launch, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said the Space agency would carry out three orbit raising operations to place the satellite from the Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) to the Geostationary Orbit (GSO).

He said GSAT-29 was a very advanced and high throughput satellite that carried operational payload in Ka/Ku band communication transponders that would provide services to remote places of India like Jammu and Kashmir and to the North Eastern region under the Digital India program of the Central government.