ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has finally launched the much anticipated, “South East Asia Communication Satellite” recently. Famously projected as the India’s and PM Modi’s gift to the six southeast Asian countries, the ISRO GSLV F - 09 is a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, #PM Modi Gifts the South Asia Satellite to the 6 countries in Asia
1988 ~ I remember this day well ~ Discovery lifts off from its platform at Kennedy Space Center on September 29, 1988. Exhaust plumes billow from the two solid rocket boosters and covers launch pad as the Discovery, atop of the orange external tank clears the launch tower and heads for Earth orbit. STS-26 marks NASA's first human spaceflight mission since the 51L Challenger accident, January 28, 1986.
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle has successfully deployed a communications satellite Thursday, with the rocket’s ninth flight lofting the GSAT-6 spacecraft. The launch was on schedule at 16:52 local time (11:22 UTC) with the launch taking place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island. - nasaspaceflight.com