Monday, October 10, 2011

launch of PSLV-C18 "Romancing With Clouds"

Countdown commenced for Indian Space Research organisation's (ISRO) Megha-Tropiques Mission (PSLV-C18) started on Monday. It was following the clearance of launch by the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) for PSLV-C18/Megha-Tropiques mission on Sunday, which met on Sunday at Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSC) - SHAR, Sriharikota.

The 50-hour countdown commenced at 09:00 hours in the morning and the propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle being carried out now.

Mandatory checks on the launch vehicle and spacecraft including charging of batteries and pressurisation of propellant tanks will be performed as part of the count down process. Readiness of various ground systems such as tracking radar systems and communication networks will also be checked.

ISRO has built Megha-Tropiques, an advanced tropical climate monitoring satellite at a cost of Rs 80 crore.

PSLV-C18 will inject Megha-Tropiques satellite into an orbit of 867 km altitude at an inclination of 20 deg with respect to the equator. In this mission, PSLV will also inject SRMSat from SRM University, Chennai, Jugnu from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Vesselsat-1 from Luxembourg into orbit.

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