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Ariane carries INSAT-3E into space

September 28, 2003 05:24 IST
Last Updated: September 28, 2003 15:30 IST

The European Ariane rocket took off with India's latest communication satellite, INSAT-3E, from Kourou spaceport, French Guyana, early Sunday.

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The 2,775kg satellite was injected into space about 30 minutes after the lift-off

The Ariane 5G launch vehicle also carried two other spacecraft -- SMART-1, Europe's first lunar probe, and the Eutelsat e-BIRD broadband services satellite.

Soon after it went into orbit, the Master Control Facility at Hassan, Karnataka, acquired the first signals from the satellite, Indian Space Research Organisation sources in Bangalore said.

The INSAT-3E was scheduled for launch in August, but a quality alert from Japanese firm Mitsubishi, which supplied some components, forced ISRO to retest certain equipment.

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the food sepatares haves and have nots. the minimum difference should be limited to this only. untill we keep this minimum to a minimum our ...

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congrat's to isro for giving yet another sat and best wishes for mission to moon

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thats it, one more feather to the isro's golden crown... enjoy the tech-india.

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Congrates to ISRO team. Mera BHARAT Mahan. Umesh & Mamta

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It's wonderful to hear the successful launching of INSAT-3E. My hearty congratulations to all people associated with the project. It's more heart warming particularly after ...

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