India launches GSAT 18 from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana

October 6, 2016 3:01 pm
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On Thursday today, India’s has launched it’s communication satellite GSAT-18 successfully by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. GSAT-18, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), aims at providing telecommunications services for the country by strengthening ISRO’s current fleet of 14 operational telecommunication satellites. The launch was originally scheduled for Wednesday yesterday, but had to be differed by 24 hours owing to unfavourable weather conditions. European launcher Ariane-5 VA-231 blasted off at around 2 AM (IST) and injected GSAT-18 shortly after orbiting co-passenger Sky Muster II satellite for Australian operator nbn (National Broadband Network) in a flawless flight lasting about 32 minutes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to congratulate ISRO on the launch.

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