INSAT-3E was launched by Ariane-5 of Arianespace on September
28, 2003 from Kourou, French Guyana, and the first orbit raising manoeuvre was
carried out from MCF-Hassan yesterday morning (September 29, 2003). The
satellite came within the radio visibility of MCF this morning at 8.41 am
(IST), and all the necessary operations like earth acquisition and gyro
calibration were carried out before the second orbit raising manoeuvre was
All systems on board INSAT-3E are functioning normally. The third apogee motor
firing is planned in the next few days.