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Insat-3E launch delayed news
Our Economy Bureau
19 August 2003

Chennai: The launch of Insat-3E, scheduled for 3 September 2003, has been delayed further.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the launch is now delayed because of the need to retest a few components of the communication payload. The re-tests have become necessary in view of a quality alert received from the manufacturer of these components.

Insat-3E will be ready in three to four weeks. Arianespace will finalise the new launch window based on the requirements of Smart-1 of European Space Agency and e-Bird of Eutelsat, which are also to be launched along with Insat-3E on board the 162nd flight of Ariane.

The 2,750-kg Insat-3E, the fourth spacecraft in the Insat-3 series, will carry 24 C-band transponders and 12 extended C-band transponders. The spacecraft was transported to Kourou on 16 July 2003.


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