Indian rocket to carry 7 satellites on Monday

February 20, 2013 - 4:39:02 am

Chennai: Indian space agency officials are gearing up to make the rocket that would carry seven satellites launch-ready for Monday with a full system check, an official said.

“After mating the satellites with the rocket — Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle — PSLV-C20- a full test of the rocket and the satellites was done. The rocket at this stage is considered as test condition,” an official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

According to officials, the rocket will progress from testable to launch condition in two days time after necessary connectors are plugged in. Officials said the full vehicle test revealed no deviations and everything is progressing normally for the Monday  evening flight. During the 59-hour countdown, the systems will be checked and the rocket will be fuelled.

The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) is expected to meet soon — two days before the scheduled launch date — to review the situation and give its final nod for the rocket’s flight.

The rocket will blast off from the Sriharikota rocket launch centre, around 80km from here. 

The total weight of all the seven satellites will be around 700kg.

The Indo-French initiative satellite SARAL (Satellite for ARGOS and ALTIKA), will study the sea surface heights and the data generated will be shared by both the countries.

The other six satellites that PSLV-C20 would sling into orbit are two Canadian satellite NEOSSat (Near Earth Object Space Surveillance Satellite), the world’s first space telescope designed by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Sapphire satellite built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), BRITE and UniBRITE (both Austria), STRaND-1 (Britain) and AAUSAT (Denmark).