GSAT- 29


Question: Consider the following statements in the context of GSAT-29, India’s recent communication satellite sent into orbit on 14th November:

  1. It was launched on board GSLV- Mk III
  2. It is the heaviest satellite launched by India.

Choose the correct options of the following:
(a)1 only
(b)2 only
(c)Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: (c)
Related facts:

  • On November 14th, 2018, ISRO launched the communication satellite GSAT-29 on board; it is second developmental flight GSLV-Mk III D2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
  • GSAT-29 satellite with a lift-off weight mass of 3423 kg (heaviest satellite), is a multi-beam, multiband communication satellite of India. It has a mission life of 10 years and it is 33rd communication satellite built by ISRO.
  • GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku- band high trough put communication transponders which will bridge the digital divide of users including those in Jammu & Kashmir and Northeastern regions of India.
  • It is also carrying Q/V band payload, configured for technology demonstration at higher frequency bands and geo stationary High Resolution Camera. An optical communication payload will be utilised for data transmission at a very high rate for the first time.


  • It is a three stage heavy lift rocket, measuring 43.494m and weighing 640 tonnes.
  • The first stage has two boosters with solid propellant, the second is the core with liquid propellant, and the cryogenic engine forms the final stage.

By Ramayan Upadhyay


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