ISRO’s GSAT-29 to improve telecommunication in J&K

India on November 14, launched successfully its heaviest rocket geosynchronous satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The weather conditions were conducive for the launch. It is not only The Indian Space Research Organisation’s heaviest satellite but is all made indigenously. It is boosted by two powerful Strap-on solid rocket motors and is 143 feet tall. It is intended to meet the communication requirements of users including in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East. This is the second major Jammu and Kashmir specific step of the ISRO as last month only it signed an MOU with the Central University of Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Centre for Space Science in the University.
This is a new milestone of the excellence of the country’s space and satellite mission programme and a matter of satisfaction specifically for Jammu and Kashmir State. Weighing 3423 kgs, it is known as “Bahubali” and is slated to improve telecommunication and internet services under the “Digital India” programme especially in our State. This SLV Mark III is the 33rd communications satellite made in India. The other most important function of the satellite is that it is fitted with unique high resolution camera or the GEO EYE and will be able to track enemy ships in the Indian Ocean. As such, it is an asset to the Defence System of the country as well.