All set for PSLV launch
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C24 from Sriharikota at 1714 hrs today.
The PSLV-C24 will put India's navigation satellite--the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1B)--into orbit after over 19 minutes of flight.
If all goes well, it will be ISRO's 25th consecutive successful launch of a PSLV.
The launch vehicle--PSLV's XL version-- packs greater punch
in the form of more powerful strap-on booster motors than in the standard PSLV.
This will put the 1,432-kg IRNSS-1B into its orbit.
The IRNSS-1B is India's second dedicated navigation satellite. The first, IRNSS-1A, was put into orbit on July one last year.
All the seven satellites forming the IRNSS will be in orbit by 2016.
The countdown, lasting 58.30 hours, began at 0644 hrs on
Yesterday, the PSLV-C24's fourth stage was accurately filled with liquid propellants and the lower stage control systems with solid propellants.
(Posted on 04-04-2014)