Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is signing off 2018 with the last launch of the year on Wednesday. Angry Bird or the GSAT-7A is a 2,250 kg geostationary communication satellite which is scheduled to launch on Wednesday morning from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. It is scheduled to take-off at 4:10 PM.
The aim of this satellite is to give a boost to defence communication in the country.
"This is a sophisticated satellite made to the specifications of the user and it can even help connect with handheld devices, flying objects even in remotest of places," ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan was quoted as saying by NDTV.
"This will add a much-needed punch to the arsenal of the Indian Air Force," said Air Vice Marshal (Retd) M. Bahadur, Additional Director-General for the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi told NDTV.
ISRO says that the mission life for the satellite is estimated to be eight years.
The carrier vehicle, GSLV-F11 will place the GSAT-7A in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), reports PTI.
This is just a beginning for the defense sector's space plans. According to reports, a plan was recently signed to set a Defense Space Agency. They will avail the facilities provided by the Indian space agency for better working of the defense sector.