India’s advanced meteorological satellite INSAT-3D was successfully launched by an European rocket from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana early on Friday, July 26, giving a boost to weather forecasting and disaster warning services.
European space consortium Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket launched INSAT-3D and Alphasat satellites.
Alphasat is Europe’s largest telecommunication satellite-ever manufactured and results from a large-scale public-private partnership between the European Space Agency and Inmarsat.
The workhorse vehicle lifted off exactly on schedule at 1.23am IST from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone in French Guiana for a nearly 33-minute flight.
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