Indian rocket places satellite in orbit

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 5 : A communication satellite was placed in orbit Sunday by an Indian rocket that lifted off from the Sriharikota spaceport here.

The 49.13-metre tall Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Development 5 (GSLV D5) slung the 1,982 kg GSAT-14 in the intended orbit around 17 minutes into the space flight.

The Rs.365-crore launch mission had dual purpose - to flight test the cryogenic engine designed and built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and to put in orbit communication satellite GSAT-14.

The task has been accomplished, officials said.

--IANS (Posted on 05-01-2014)

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