ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is on the verge to accomplish its 100th mission sharply at 0951 Hours IST on September 9, 2012 (Sunday) morning. At the exact time, PSLV-C21 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) will shoot off towards the space.
The launch will shoot off from SDSC (Satish Dhavan Space Center) of SHAR (Sriharikota Range) in Andhra Pradesh, India. The vehicle was filled with Propellant Fuel on Friday and then the countdown timer started sharply at 0651 Hours IST on Friday morning. The 51 Hour long countdown is to check if various processes are all okay before the final launch on Sunday.
Satellites carried by PSLV-C21
The vehicle will carry along with it three satellites and settle them into their respective orbits. The three satellites are :
SPOT stands for Système Pour l’Observation de la Terre (in French). Its English translation is System for Earth Observation. SPOT-6 is a 720 kg French remote-sensing satellite. This is the first time that France has decided to choose an outside launch for its SPOT satellite. The earlier five SPOT satellites were launched with previous versions of European Ariane Rocket. In September 2008, ISRO got the contract of SPOT-6 from its maker Astrium SAS.
It is a light-weight Japanese Observation Satellite weighing just 15 kg. This small spacecraft was developed and built in Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan.
It is a remote sensing satellite developed in India. Its weight is 50 kg.
Watch the video clip provided below to see the preparations being made for PSLV-C21 launch.
Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh’s Visit to Sriharikota
PSLV went commercial 13 years back. This is the biggest commercial lift since then. This is ISRO’s 100th mission in 49 years. Till now it has built 62 satellites and flown 37 space vehicles.
The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh will be there at Sriharikota to witness the event while the PSLV will shoot off on Sunday morning.
Live Telecast of PSLV-C21
DD (Doordarshan) and DD News will telecast the live event of PSLV-C21 launching on 9 September from 9:20 AM IST – 11 AM IST (Sunday). The live telecast of the event will also be available on ISRO’s official website 9:30 AM IST onwards.
Watch Live Telecast from ISRO’s Website : PSLV-C21 Live Launch