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Arabsat/ISRO ready for launch

November 10th should see a giant Ariane 5 rocket lift off with two passengers on a dual launch mission.

Arabsat-6B (aka BADR-7), along with Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-15, are scheduled for launch with the 43-minute launch window opening at 6.34 pm (French Guiana time (21.34 GMT, 4.34 pm EST.

The two satellites have a combined weight of almost 10 tonnes (9,810 kgs) with the Arabsat craft making up 5,798 kgs of that total.

ISRO’s GSAT-15 will be used for DTH transmissions over India and is designed to replace capacity on Insat-3A and 4B, both of which are nearing the end of their planned life.

The Ariane flight (number 227 in its now lengthy manifest) is the 6th Ariane-5 launch this year and the company is on track for a record 12 launches this year when its work with the Soyuz and Vega smaller rockets are included.

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