GSAT-18 launch deferred by 24 hours due to bad weather

05-10-2016
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Bengaluru: The launch of India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 in the wee hours of Wednesday, onboard Arianespace rocket, from Kourou in French Guiana has been deferred by a day due to heavy cross winds, Indian Space Research Organisation said.

"The launch has been postponed by one day due to heavy cross winds," a senior ISRO official told PTI late tonight.

It would now be launched at 2 AM (IST) on October 6.

Arianespace launch vehicle Ariane-5 VA-231, carrying GSAT-18 along with co-passenger Sky Muster II for the Australian operator nbn (National Broadband Network) was scheduled for launch at 2 AM (IST) on Wednesday.

"Due to high altitude winds, decision to postpone #VA231.

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