Sixth launch for Ariane 5 rocket in 2018

Sixth launch for Ariane 5 rocket in 2018

The Ariane 5 rocket was launched from the launch site in French Guiana and put two GSAT-11 and Geo-Kompsat-2A satellites into planned orbits.

On December 5, the Ariane 5 rocket from Arianespace delivered the GSAT-11 and Geo-Kompsat-2A satellites to planned orbits. The launch took place from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana. The mission lasted 33 minutes.

GSAT-11 with a mass of 5854 kg was transferred to the position for release after 29 minutes. A 3507-pound Geo-Kompsat-2A released 33 minutes after the start. GSAT-11 is owned by the Indian Space Research Organization and will provide communications services for mainland India and nearby islands. The satellite must last more than 15 years. Geo-Kompsat-2A belongs to the Korea Aerospace Development Institute and will provide meteorological and space monitoring of weather in the Asia-Pacific region. It will last more than 10 years.

In general, the rocket put into orbit 10,298 kg, where the satellites accounted for 9,361 kg, and the rest were adapters and auxiliary structures. This is the sixth mission for the Ariane 5 this year and the 102nd overall.

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