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Chennai: Indian telecommunication satellite GSAT-15 was successfully launched on Tuesday evening by the European space agency Arianespace’s rocket Ariane 5, the space agency said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Arianespace said it had successfully launched two telecommunications satellites – GSAT-15 and Arabsat-6B – for two customers, namely the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Arabsat.

According to the global satellite launch company, the launch of the two satellites takes the total number of consecutive successful satellite launches to 69 for Ariane rocket.

The rocket blasted off with two satellites from the spaceport in French Guiana and completed the mission in around 43 minutes.

GSAT-15 was the 19th satellite entrusted to Arianespace by ISRO – and the 18th built by ISRO. This productive relationship extends back to 1981 with the launch of the APPLE experimental satellite, and further underscores the strong collaboration that France and India have set up in space.

“The launch is ISRO’s 19th mission with Arianespace. In the meantime, ISRO also has launched four French spacecraft using (India’s own) PSLV,” M. Annadurai, director of the ISRO Satellite Centre, was quoted as saying in the statement.

With a liftoff mass of approximately 3,160 kg, GSAT-15 is designed to provide telecommunications services as well as dedicated navigation-aid and emergency services across India.

The Indian satellite with a design life of 12 years has 24 Ku-band transponders (automatic receivers and transmitters of radio signals) and two GAGAN (GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) transponders.

While the new satellite expected to replace the transponder capacities of older satellites, ISRO is silent on the total number of satellite transponders it has under its fold-owned and leased.

(IANS)

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Meanwhile, Israel, which is planning to launch its lunar mission in February, will most likely be the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon, after China in December 2013, the US in 1969 and then Soviet Union in 1959

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The moon is seen near the Illimani mountain during a full lunar eclipse in La Paz, Bolivia, July 27, 2018. Photo: Reuters.

India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 with a lander and rover will be attempted in mid-April, a top space official said on Friday.

“We are targeting mid-April to launch Chandrayaan-2 as there were certain tests which could not be done in time for the earlier scheduled January 3 launch,” Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan told reporters here.

The details of the tests, which were yet to be performed for the mission, were not disclosed by the space agency.

The window to land on the lunar surface is open between March 25 till the end of April, Sivan said.

The Rs 800-crore Chandrayaan-2 mission comes a decade after the maiden mission Chandrayaan-1 was launched on October 22, 2008 from the country’s only spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 km northeast of Chennai.

ISRO is the mastermind behind Mangalyaan mission. Wikimedia Commons

The 3,890-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, to be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-3, will orbit around the moon to study its conditions and collect data of its topography, mineralogy and exosphere.

After reaching the 100km lunar orbit, lander with rover will separate from the spacecraft and gradually descend to soft land on the moon at a designated spot. The rover’s instruments will observe and study the lunar surface.

The lander has been named “Vikram” as a tribute to the pioneer of India’s space programme and former ISRO chairman (1963-71) Vikram Sarabhai.

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While Chandrayaan-1 reached the lunar orbit on November 8, 2008 and its impact probe crashed onto the moon on November 14, 2008, the 675kg spacecraft was lost on August 29, 2009 after orbiting at 100km away from its surface and mapping its chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic properties for over nine months.

Meanwhile, Israel, which is planning to launch its lunar mission in February, will most likely be the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon, after China in December 2013, the US in 1969 and then Soviet Union in 1959. (IANS)