India successfully launches GSAT-18 satellite in French Guiana
On Thursday, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched GSAT-18 communication satellite from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. ISRO relies on the French company’s rockets to launch its heavier satellites, PTI has reported.
The launch was originally scheduled for yesterday, but deferred by 24 hours owing to unfavourable weather conditions at Kourou, a French territory located in northeastern coast of South America, NDTV has reported.
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.
GSAT-18 successfully launched by Ariane-5 VA-231 from Kourou, French Guiana,” Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO said in a statement.
The 3,404 kg GSAT-18 is India’s largest telecommunications satellite. It carries 48 communication transponders in C-band, upper extended C-band and Ku-band for providing various services to the country.