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

A Grand Sight


The entire assembly — GSLV-F11 spacecraft and its GSAT-7A payload — are mated, awaiting transport to the launch pad.

The Final Piece


The payload fairing, holding the GSAT-7A securely inside, is mated to the GSLV-F11.

Putting the Parts Together


The multiple stages of the GSLV-F11 rocket are mated, awaiting placement of the payload fairing.

Working Hard


Several technicians work together to prepare the GSLV-F11 and GSAT-7A for the upcoming launch.

Closer and Closer


The GSAT-7A is encapsulated in the payload fairing, readied for the GSLV-F11 rocket.

Satellite in Tow


The GSLV-F11 carries the GSAT-7A into orbit. The satellite adds 2250 kg of weight to the rocket.

Spread Wide


Panels of the GSAT-7A satellite are deployed, as technicians ready the tech for the trek to space.

Preparing for the Trip


Technicians prepare the GSAT-7A for it's journey to orbit on the GSLV-F11.

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Christine Lunsford
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Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.