Ariane lifts-off with Indian-built satellite

December 21st, 2008 - 5:50 am ICT by IANS  

ISRONew Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) An Ariane 5 rocket carrying Indian-built European satellite W2M was launched early Sunday from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, South America, a TV channel reported.The satellite was launched at around 3.30 a.m. IST, DD News reported.

The 3,462-kg W2M was designed and built at the satellite centre of the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore at $80 million (Rs.4 billion) for the European satellite operator (Eutelsat) under the ISRO-EADS-Astrium alliance formed in 2006.

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