India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s communication satellite GSAT-17 was launched on Thursday by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. The 3,477 kg GSAT-17 will carry payloads in normal C-band, extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. It carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites. The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in northeastern coast of South America, couple of minutes delayed than the scheduled time of 2:29 hrs IST. GSAT-17 was injected shortly after orbiting co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN in a flawless flight lasting about 41 minutes.
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