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The Launch Of India's Latest Communication Satellite With 48 Transponders That Receive And Transmit Communication Signals Has Been Launched On October 6 From Kourou In French Guiana. “The Launch Was Postponed By One Day Due To Heavy Cross Winds,' A Senior ISRO Official Said Late On Tuesday Night.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Neha Singh | Updated on: 07 Oct 2016, 01:02:35 PM
ISRO's GSAT-18 communications satellite successfully launched from Korou in French Guiana.

New Delhi:

The launch of India's latest communication satellite with 48 transponders that receive and transmit communication signals has been launched on October 6 from Kourou in French Guiana. “The launch was postponed by one day due to heavy cross winds,” a senior ISRO official said late on Tuesday night.

The Indian satellite GSAT-18 was launched at 2am on October 6, 24 hours after its initial launch time. The 3,404 kg Indian satellite GSAT-18 will be providing services in normal C-band, upper extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum. 

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The launch of the Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou (French Guiana) was scheduled to take place between 2 a.m. and 3.15 a.m. (India Time) on Wednesday. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 

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The ISRO chief, who watched the launch from the mission control centre, left shortly after lift-off, and his message was read out later by one of his senior colleagues. ISRO said in the coming days, orbit raising manoeuvres will be performed to place GSAT-18 satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) by using the satellite's propulsion system in steps. 

Two solar arrays and both the antenna reflectors of GSAT-18 will be deployed after the orbit raising, it said, adding, the satellite will be positioned at 74 deg East longitude in the geostationary orbit and will be co-located with the Indian operational geostationary satellites. 

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First Published : 06 Oct 2016, 12:29:00 PM

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