Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch the GSLV Mark III rocket carrying the GSAT-29 communication satellite on Wednesday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

Standing at the height of 43.4 meters and weighing 640 ton, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark III) is expected to be launched at 5.08 pm today, according to the Indian space agency.

The countdown for the launch of GSLV-Mk III began at 2.50 pm on November 13 and will be held in Andhra Pradesh's Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The rocket will be carrying 3,423 kg GSAT-29 and will shoot into Geo Transfer Orbit (GTO) over 16 minutes into its flight. Later, the satellite will be boosted to the final Geo Stationary Orbit (GSO) at the height of 36,000 km from the earth.

Also, numerous new technologies such as Q/V-band payload and data transmission through optical communication link will be displayed. This helps in realising future advanced satellites, an ISRO official said.

According to TOI, the communication satellite is meant explicitly for Jammu and Kashmir as well as the north-eastern regions of India.