Ariane 5 puts British, Indian satellites into orbit

12th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

KOUROU, French Guiana, March 11, 2007 (AFP) - An Ariane 5 rocket blasted off here on Sunday and put into orbit a military satellite for Britain and a television satellite for India, Arianespace said.

KOUROU, French Guiana, March 11, 2007 (AFP) - An Ariane 5 rocket blasted off here on Sunday and put into orbit a military satellite for Britain and a television satellite for India, Arianespace said.

The rocket, the 31st launch of an Ariane 5 and the first this year, lifted off at 2203 GMT and successfully placed both satellites in orbit, the company said.

Technical problems with the launchpad had forced Arianespace, the firm operating the European Space Agency rockets, to delay the launch from Saturday.

The payload for India was the INSAT 4B television and communications satellite, while the other was a Skynet 5A secure communications relay platform for Britain's ministry of defence.

Arianespace plans six launches of Ariane 5 rockets this year to place 10 satellites into orbit plus the first mission of the Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo vessel for the International Space Station.

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