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In Photos: India's Amazing Launch of the GSAT-7A Communications Satellite

Off to Space

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On Dec. 19, 2018, the Indian Space Research Organisation launched the GSAT-7A communications satellite into orbit atop a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. See the launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in photos here! In this photo, the GSLV-F11 launched from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in SHAR, Shriharikota.

Firing Up

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The Dec. 19 2018 launch carries the GSAT-7A, ISRO's 39th communication satellite, into space.

In a Line of Successes

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The GSLV-F11 has three stages, the fourth such launch vehicle for ISRO.

Power Up

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This is the 13th flight for India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, known as the GSLV.

Stages in Action

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The GSLV is comprised of three stages — stage one is comprised of four liquid strap-ons and a solid rocket motor; stage two uses liquid fuel and a high thrust engine; and stage three is the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS).

Spotlight on the Rocket

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The GSLV-F11, with GSAT-7A safely atop, is silhouetted against bright lights before being transported to the launch pad.

Beauty and Might

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On the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Center, the GSLV-F11 stands, awaiting the countdown to launch with a colorful sky as backdrop.

Rocket and Platforms

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The GSLV-F11, at the launch platform, undergoes final preparations for the Dec. 19, 2018 launch.

From Here to There

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On a large transportation platform, the GSLV-F11, carrying the ISRO's 39th communication satellite, slowly travels to the Second Launch Pad.

Tower Time

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At the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in SHAR, Sriharikota, the GSLV-F11 spacecraft is readied for launch.

Time for Relocation

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The GSLV-F11 and GSAT-7A begin the careful journey to the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

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