The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched India's communication satellite GSAT-18 on board Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana. The launch was delayed by 24 hours due to heavy cross winds. The launch of the Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou (French Guiana) was earlier scheduled to take place between 2 a.m. and 3.15 a.m. (India Time) on Wednesday.
The rocket later took off between 2 a.m. and 3.15 a.m. from the Kourou (French Guiana) on Thursday 6 October. GSAT-18 is the country's latest communication satellite with 48 transponders that can receive and transmit communication signals.
GSAT-18, is built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), aimed at providing the telecommunications services for the country by strengthening ISRO's current fleet of 14 operational telecommunication satellites.
"GSAT-18 successfully launched by Ariane-5 VA-231 from Kourou, French Guiana," Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO said.
"I am really delighted this evening having witnessed another glorious and flawless lift-off of Ariane-5 VA-231 flight that carried GSAT-18 and Sky Muster II successfully. Like on all previous occasions, Arianespace has again provided us a magnificient textbook launch," ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said.
"The necessary preparations have been made and our team back in India is working on mission operations at Master Control Facility, Hassan," he said. “GSAT 18 is an important satellite for us that will enable the continuity of the vital communication services in our country by replacing the currently ageing satellites," the ISRO chief said.
"While GSAT 17 is an important satellite for replacing our satellites, GSAT 11 will be the first generation of high- throughput satellite of ISRO. Both of these upcoming launches are crucial for the Indian Space Programme," he added.
"Congratulations to ISRO for successfully launching the communication satellite, GSAT-18. This is another milestone for our space programme," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
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