15 April, 2011

PSLV most successful satellite launch vehicle to ISRO : PSLV C-16 launch on April 20

After GSLV failure, our Scientists need Success tonic now...
Scientists in the Shar Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota have been preparing for the launch of the PSLV C-16 on April 20. PSLV- Polar satellite Launch Vehicle will carry Resource Sat-2, Youthsat and X-Sat satellites on board. Resource Sat -2 was built by Isro and is an advanced remote sensing satellite meant for study and management of natural resources.
Youthsat is a joint Indo-Russian satellite for stellar and atmospheric studies. X-Sat is a micro satellite for imaging applications and built by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. According to the Shar, integration of all three satellites to the launcher has been successfully accomplished. Pre-launch and launch rehearsal procedures will be carried out after completion of the final phase of vehicle checkout operations.
The 54-hour long countdown is likely to begin at 4.12 am on April 18 for PSLV-C16 and the launching will take place at 10.12 am on April 20. The final decision related to countdown and launch will be taken by a mission board during a meeting scheduled for April 16.

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