The rocket took off at 6:50 p.m. local time (9:50 p.m. GMT) from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana, after a 45-minute interruption of the countdown for technical checks, noted an AFP journalist.
The launcher carried under its fairing the Measat-3d satellite, from the Malaysian operator Measat, and GSAT-24, operated by the commercial arm of the Indian space agency (ISRO), Arianespace and Arianegroup announced in a joint press release.
The two satellites, totaling a payload of 9.8 tonnes, are dedicated to telecommunications services and satellite TV broadcasting. Measat 3-d will also be able to provide high-speed Internet connection services and will be used by the South Korean space agency to improve air traffic management in the country.
A little more than 28 minutes after the launch, the launcher released Measat-3d at an altitude of nearly 1,200 kilometers, then 12 minutes later the GSAT-24 satellite while the launcher flew over the Indian Ocean at 3,800 kilometers above sea level. altitude.
From these “geostationary transfer” orbits, the two satellites will reach their position nearly 36,000 kilometers from the Earth from where they will begin their missions. The expected lifetime of Measat-3d is more than 18 years, and 15 years for GSAT-24.