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Places in news and current affairs for preparation of the Geography papers and map locations for UPSC Civil Services and State related examinations of 2019.

Stage set to launch India’s first defence satellite

India’s first defence satellite GSAT-7 dedicated to Navy for maritime security is now set for the launch. The home-built satellite will be crucial as it will overcome Navy’s previous limitations from line of sight and ionospheric effects and will have coverage over India landmass as well as surrounding seas. It will be significant from security and surveillance points of view.

Key features of GSAT-7:
  • Indigenous
  • Cost: Rs 185 crore
  • Launch Cost: Rs 470 crore
  • Geo-stationary communication satellite
  • Carries payloads operating in UHF, S, C and Ku bands.
  • Lift-off mass of 2625 kg, heavy satellite
  • Strengthen Navy’s maritime security ability
  • Overcomes previous limitations from line of sight and ionospheric effects

The satellite will be launched into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) by Ariane-5 VA 215 by European space consortium Arianespacefrom Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

Indian Air Force land heavy lift aircraft in Daulat Beg Oldie

The Indian Air Force landed its C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the world’s highest and recently opened airstrip at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in Ladakh that is close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where Indian and Chinese troops had witnessed a three week stand-off in April 2013.

What does India’s landing C-130J Super Hercules at DBO show?

The landing of the heavy lift aircraft at the world’s highest and recently opened airstrip at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) demonstrates its ability to use the heavy-lift aircraft to induct troops, supplies, improve communication network and will also serve as a morale booster for maintenance of troops positioned at such heights in Ladakh region. It will put IAF in a better position to meet the requirements of our land forces which are heavily dependent on the air bridge for sustenance in these higher and inhospitable areas.