INSAT-3E, a boon for telecom & television

By : |September 29, 2003 0

MUMBAI: India`s communication satellite, INSAT-3E, was successfully launched in a precise mission by European Ariane 5 rocket from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guyana on Sunday. The launch of the fourth satellite in the INSAT series is pegged as a major boost to the telecom and television services.

The launch was delayed by a month following a quality alert from a Japanese firm that supplied the components, and had forced ISRO to retest its components.

Two other satellites, e-BIRD for Europe`s Eutelsat and SMART-1 for the European Space Agency, were also launched by Ariane on board its 162nd flight, with INSAT-3E being the highest payload.

INSAT system is the mainstay for communication and broadcasting in India. With an operational lifetime of 15 years, INSAT-3E will enhance the present capacity of INSAT for communication and television services.

Source: IRIS

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