This Article is From Oct 05, 2016

Launch Of ISRO's Huge Satellite Postponed As Weather Plays Spoilsport: 10 Facts

Launch Of ISRO's Huge Satellite Postponed As Weather Plays Spoilsport: 10 Facts

Ariane-5 rocket will carry ISRO's new communications satellite GSAT-18.

Kourou, French Guiana, South America: The launch of Indian Space Research Organisation's heavy communications satellite GSAT-18 has been postponed by a day in view of weather conditions. The satellite was expected to be launched from the rain forests of French Guiana, South America, between 2 am and 3.15 am on Wednesday.

Here are the Top 10 facts in this big science story:

  1. The scientists decided to put off the launch as the wind speed in the upper atmosphere was not conducive.

  2. GSAT-18 weighs 3,404 kg and is too heavy for the Indian Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV. The weight of the massive satellite meant that it needed a heftier rocket to carry it. The ISRO has settled on the European Ariane-5.

  3. Ariane-5 is one of the world's largest and most reliable rockets. The 52-meter high rocket, weighing 777-ton, has had 73 successful consecutive launches.

  4.  "Ariane-5 is a reliable workhorse of the European consortium and the launch should go off well," ISRO chairman Dr Kiran Kumar told NDTV.  On this round, it is also expected to launch the Sky Muster II for the Australian National Broadband Network.

  5. India and France have had a long-standing co-operation and this will be India's 20th launch using the French consortium.

  6. Two more satellite launches are in the pipeline where Ariane-5 rockets will be used. The next one, GSAT-17, is expected to be launched in 2017.

  7. But scientists expect thereafter, India's own heavy lift launcher the GSLV Mk III, which is currently being developed, will take up the task.

  8. The GSAT-18, a communication satellite, is carrying 48 transponders, which is expected to re-transmit signals received from earth over a broader area.

  9. This will help expand banking facilities and television, telecommunication, Digital Satellite News Gathering and broadband satellite communications.

  10. The ISRO will be spending nearly double of what it would have spent if an Indian rocket had been used.