All preparations for the launch of INSAT-3B, the first satellite
in the third generation INSAT-3 series, built by ISRO, have been completed at
the launch site in Kourou, French Guyana. The 2,070 kg spacecraft has undergone
extensive tests after it was integrated with the Ariane-505 vehicle and all the
systems are functioning normally.
The Flight Readiness Review for the 128th launch of the Ariane with INSAT-3B and
its co-passenger, Asiastar belonging to a US company, World Space, was
completed on March 17, 2000 and the launch is now scheduled at 04:27 hours IST
on March 22, 2000 (22:57 hours on March 21, 2000 GMT). The launch vehicle is
expected to be rolled out from the final assembly building to the launch pad
this evening around 7.30 pm IST.
INSAT-3B launch is expected to be telecast live by Doordarshan (DD-1) from 03.47
am to 05.54 am (IST) on March 22, 2000.