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INSAT-3D Launched Successfully

India's superior meteorological satellite INSAT-3D was effectively launched by a European rocket from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana before time on Friday, giving a make better to weather forecasting and adversity warning services. European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket launched INSAT-3D and Alphasat satellites. Alphasat is Europe's biggest telecommunication satellite-ever manufactured and results from an extensive public-private partnership between the European Space Agency and Inmarsat. The workhorse vehicle lifted off precisely on agenda at 1.23 am IST from the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch zone in French Guiana for a just about 33-minute flight. This launch gave a tremendous view of the flight's early trajectory, as the Ariane 5 began its upright ascent, then rotated East — bending over the Spaceport's main base area as it progressed downrange. The journey path was noticeable between scattered cloud layers and the clear meteorological conditions allowed an outstanding view of the launch's first phase including severance of the two solid propellant boosters at a height of 67km. Alphasat was positioned first in the flight sequence, almost 28 minutes after the liftoff. Some five minutes soon after, Ariane 5 completed its mission with the successful separation of INSAT-3D, which carries a six-channel imager and 19-channel sounder, as well as a data relay transponder for satellite-aided search and rescue operations. INSAT-3D is outfitted with a Search and Rescue payload that rose up and relays the alert signals originating from the anguish beacons of maritime, aviation and land based users to the Indian Mission Control Centre located at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network here.

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