India launches newest communications satellite

India has successfully launched its new communications satellite on the island of Sriharikota after a technical delay, a UPI report said.

The UPI report said after officials at the Satish Dhawan Space Center held off launching the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-FO4 due to a 'technical snag,' the rocket and its high-tech cargo, the Insat-4CR, were successfully sent into space, according to the Press Trust of India.

The Indian Space Research Organization sources said the delay was caused by a 'technical snag in parameters related to the launch.'

The last time the launch vehicle was used by India, it fell into the Bay of Bengal shortly after takeoff, the UPI report said.

The satellite will use its advanced technology to provide digital satellite news gathering, video picture transmissions and direct-to-home TV services, the news agency said.