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After a one-hour flight, the Zenit-3SL booster released EUTELSAT 3B into geosynchronous transfer orbit. Also, partial deployment of the satellite's solar array was carried out successfully within two hours of spacecraft separation, the company said.
GSLV- D5 was scheduled to put GSAT- 14, weighing 1,982 kg, into a geosynchronous transfer orbit 213 km above earth 17 minutes into its flight.
"One hour and six minutes later, the Block DM-SL upper stage inserted the satellite, weighing 5,210 kilograms [11,485 lbs.] and built by Astrium, an EADS company, into geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to a final orbital position at 70.5 degrees East longitude," it said.
The Zenit-3SL vehicle would lift the 5,483kg DIRECTV 7S satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to a final orbital position at 119 degrees West Longitude, the company added.
Based on the common booster core using the RS-68 engine--which runs on liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that produce 650,000 pounds of thrust--and two sizes of fuel and oxidizer tanks, the Delta IV can be configured five different ways to handle virtually any size payload, up to 29,000 pounds, to geosynchronous transfer orbit.
GSLV-F11 will inject GSAT-7A into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
The GSLV-MkII rocket slung the satellite in a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) from where it would be taken up to its final geostationary orbit by three orbit raising manoeuvres.
Abu Dhabi: Yahsat's Al Yah 3 satellite was taken into geosynchronous transfer orbit following a flawless launch on board the Ariane 5 rocket at its launchpad in French Guiana at about 2.20am UAE time on Friday.
The (http://www.spacex.com/about/capabilities) pricing details on the SpaceX website say customers would have to pay $90 million to send up to 8 metric tons of payload to geosynchronous transfer orbit. The largest rocket in operation currently - the United Launch Alliance's (a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture) Delta Heavy IV - has almost half the payload capacity of the Falcon Heavy.
The launch wasthe first developmental flight for the rocket and carried a 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
The EUTELSAT 9B satellite of Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) was launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit by ILS using a Proton rocket that lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.