Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congratulates ISRO on The Launch of GSAT-18

The Ariane-5 rocket lifts off from the Ariane Launchpad Area at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on October 5. The rocket successfully launched a pair of communications satellites — the Indian GSAT-18 and the Australian SKY Muster II. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian space scientists for successfully launching the communication satellite, GSAT-18, calling it “another milestone for our space programme”.

The Indian communication satellite GSAT-18 was successfully put into orbit by Ariane 5 rocket belonging to French company Arianespace on October 6. The rocket lifted off from its spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana).

The launch was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but deferred by 24 hours owing to unfavourable weather conditions at Kourou, a French territory located in northeastern coast of South America.

GSAT-18 that aims at providing telecommunications services for the country by strengthening Isro’s current fleet of 14 operational telecom satellites was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) about 32 minutes after the lift-off.