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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Indian Navy Satellite Launched Aug 2013

Indian Navy Satellite Launched Aug 2013


INDIA'S maiden dedicated defence satellite was launched by an European rocket early on Friday, giving a boost to Navy's modernisation push to improve space-based communications and intelligence gathering over a wide oceanic region including the country's landmass.
Custom-made for the Navy by the Indian Space Research Organisation, the advanced multi-band, state-of-the-art GSAT-7 was successfully lofted into space by European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket at 2 AM from Kourou spaceport. French Guiana, in South America.
In an impressive launch, telecast live by Doordarshan. Ariane 5 precisely placed the Rs 185-crore home-built communication spacecraft into the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) after a flight of 34 minutes 25 seconds duration.
"As planned, ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka started acquiring (he signals five minutes prior to the separation of GSAT-7 from Ariane-5 launch vehicle. The solar panels of the satellite have been deployed.

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