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Ariane 5 launches India’s biggest satellite, South Korean weather observer

04 December 2018

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An Ariane 5 rocket fired off a launch pad in French Guiana Tuesday with nearly 3 million pounds of thundering thrust, heading to orbit with India's heaviest satellite designed to expand broadband coverage across the South Asian nation, and a South Korean weather satellite carrying an U.S.-built imager to track storms and cyclones across the Asia-Pacific.

The two-stage rocket, with a hydrogen-fueled core and two solid rocket boosters, lifted off at 20:37 GMT (3:37 p.m. EST; 5:37 p.m. French Guiana time) Tuesday from the ELA-3 launch zone at the Guiana Space Center, a European-run spaceport on the northeastern shore of South America.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - An Ariane 5 rocket launched from the Guiana Space Center in South America at 2037 GMT (3:37 p.m. EST) Tuesday carrying the GSAT 11 and GEO-Kompsat 2A satellites into orbit.

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