GSAT-7A Launch

Question: ISRO`s satellite GSAT-7A was recently launched from which space station?
(a) Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
(b) Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram (Thumba), Kerala
(c) Abdul Kalam Island, Balasore, Odisha
(d) Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Answer: (a)
Related facts:

  • On 19th December 2018, ISRO’s 39th communication satellite GSAT-7A was successfully launched and put in orbit by GSLV-F11 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
  • GSAT-7A with a lift-off mass of 2250 kg is a geostationary satellite carrying communication transponders in Ku-band. The Satellite is built to provide communication capability to the users over the Indian region. It has a mission life of eight years.
  • GSLV – F11 is ISRO’s fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages. GSLV-F11 is the 13th flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and its 7th flight with indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS).
  • This is the first satellite primarily built for Indian Air Force. It is a military communication satellite meant to augment the communication capacity of Air Force. It is expected to link altogether all ground-based radars, airbases and airborne early warning and control aircraft for surveillance, maintain air superiority etc. boosting IAF`s network centric warfare capabilities.

Links:
https://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/gslv-f11-gsat-7a-mission
https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/isro-successfully-launches-gsat-7a/article25781226.ece
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/isros-gslv-f11/gsat-7a-mission-successful-satellite-meant-for-military-applications-placed-in-orbit/articleshow/67161406.cms

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