ANTONOV Airlines has completed a challenging cargo shipping of a communications satellite, the GSAT-31, for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Flywell Aviation, from HAL Bengaluru Airport, India (VOBG) to Cayenne Félix Eboué Airport, French Guiana (CAY).
ANTONOV Airlines coordinated closely with Flywell Aviation to meet all of ISRO’s requirements to transport the satellite that weighed a total of 18,000 kg including its specialised container.
"We worked with the customer to ensure that this sensitive equipment was loaded and transported safely,” said Michael Goodisman, ANTONOV Airlines' Business Development Director. The ANTONOV crew maintained acceptable temperatures and pressures during the flight, as well as during refuelling stops.
An AN-124-100 transported the satellite, completing the second flight of three flights that Flywell Aviation (on behalf of ISRO) has contracted ANTONOV Airlines to operate.
The GSAT-31 was launched in February 2019 from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle.
The first satellite GSAT-11 was transported by ANTONOV Airlines on the same route in October 2018, and the final satellite is set to be delivered later this year.
Antonov Airlines is a cargo airline based in Kyiv, Ukraine, it is a division of the Antonov aviation company. The company owns the only Antonov An-225 in service worldwide — the largest cargo aircraft in the world. A 187.6 ton power plant generator was flown to Yerevan, Armenia, from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Germany, and the flight was listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
The USA office of ANTONOV Airlines is based at Houston, Texas.
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