Unfavourable weather condition delays launch of Indian satellite

Unfavourable weather condition delays launch of Indian satellite GSAT-18 undergoing Reflector Deployment test | via ISRO site

The liftoff of Ariane 5 rocket with Indian satellite GSAT-18 has been postponed to October 6 due to unfavourable weather conditions, said Arianespace.

According to the French company Arianespace, the rocket launch has been delayed by 24 hours.

The rocket is expected to liftoff between 2 am and 3.15 am from Kourou (French Guiana) on October 6. The launch of the Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou (French Guiana) was scheduled to take place between 2 am and 3.15 am (India Time) on Wednesday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-18 is the country's latest communication satellite with 48 transponders that receive and transmit communication signals.

The 3,404 kg satellite will provide services in normal C-band, upper extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum.

The satellite carries Ku-band beacon as well to help in accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite. Its designed in-orbit operational life is about 15 years.

For Arianespace, this will be its eighth launch mission this year.

Apart from the Indian communication satellite, the Ariane 5 rocket will be carrying Australian Sky Muster II satellite.

According to Arianespace, GSAT-18 will be the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by it.

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