Indian-made European satellite in geostationary orbit
The Indian-made European communication satellite Hylas Tuesday went into geo-stationary orbit and is in good health, the space agency said.
‘Hylas (Highly Adaptable Satellite) is orbiting around the earth at 35,521km (perigee) and 35,800km (apogee) away and is in the radio-visibility of our master control facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka,’ the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement here.
Perigee is the distance nearest to the earth and apogee farthest from the earth, which orbits elliptically around the sun while rotating on its own axis.
The 2.5-tonne heavy satellite was jointly built by ISRO with its commercial arm Antrix and European Aeronautical & Defence Space (EADS) with Astrium, the satellite and space system manufacturer, for the British-based Avanti Communications.
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