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Ariane-5 puts two satellites into orbit

July 26, 2013, 3:00 UTC+3
The rocket is carrying two satellites - Indian INSAT-3D and the telecom satellite Alphasat
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Photo ITAR-TASS

Photo ITAR-TASS

PARIS, July 26 (Itar-Tass) - An Ariane-5 carrier rocket lifted off from the Kourou space centre in French Guiana at 23:54 Moscow time on Thursday, July 25.

The rocket is carrying two satellites - Indian INSAT-3D and the telecom satellite Alphasat.

The Alphasat satellite weighs 6,650 kg and will join operating space assets belonging to Inmarsat to provide mobile communication in Europe, Africa and western Asia.

INSAT-3S weighs 2,060 kg and will monitor the weather and provide support during search and rescue operations.

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