India’s space agency has launched satellites to test the performance of the country’s new skylinks, and one is aiming to help the country develop its own space-based communications network.
A three-stage rocket carrying the satellite, called SKYlink, launched on Sunday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
It is being launched on a Soyuz-4-5 rocket from the Sriharic sea.
It was launched at 3:05 pm local time (17:05 GMT) from the launch pad of the Satyabhushan Satellite Launch Centre at Sriharivad.
The satellite is about four metres in diameter and carries three communication satellites.
It will help the agency develop its new space-to-ground communications network and could also be used to monitor the weather.
“The satellite was launched from the ground by a rocket-powered rocket,” said Satish Raj, the head of the agency.
“We have two satellites on board.”
The satellites were built by a Bengaluru-based firm, SKYLink Satellite Ltd, and are about to enter orbit.
SKYlinks satellites were originally developed for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).