Arianespace to launch GSAT 7 and INSAT 3D satellites for India
Evry, October 17, 2012
After issuing an international call for tenders, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has chosen Arianespace to launch the GSAT 7 and INSAT 3D satellites. The contract also includes two more launch options for ISRO, the Indian space agency.
GSAT 7 and INSAT-3D are scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2013. Both satellites will be launched by Ariane 5 launchers from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
GSAT 7: a telecommunications satellite for India
Designed and built by ISRO, GSAT 7 will weigh 2,550 kg at launch. It is a multiband telecommunications satellite.
INSAT 3D weather satellite
Built by ISRO, INSAT 3D is a dedicated weather satellite. It will weigh 2,100 kg at launch, offering 1,100 W of power. INSAT 3D will carry weather forecasting payloads, along with a search & rescue function.
Arianespace is the world’s leading satellites launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence. As of 15 October 2012, 209 Ariane launches, 28 Soyuz launches (3 at the Guiana Space Centre and 25 at Baikonur with Starsem) and the first launch of Vega had been performed. The company has a backlog of 18 Ariane 5, 13 Soyuz and 3 Vega launches, equal to more than three years of business.
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