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The Ariane Passenger PayLoad Experiment (APPLE) spacecraft was launched via an Ariane L03 rocket from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana. Built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), it was India's first experimental communications satellite. It provided experience in building and operating a three-axis stabilized communications satellite.

Alternate Names

  • 12545
  • Ariane Pass Payload Exp

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1981-06-19
Launch Vehicle: Ariane
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 670 kg

Funding Agency

  • Indian Space Research Organization (India)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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