ISRO Begins Countdown for PSLV C23 Launch, Modi to Visit Sriharikota (Photos)

PSLV-C23 Heat-shield closed with five satellites integrated to the Launch Vehicle .(ISRO Photo)

PSLV-C23 Heat-shield closed with five satellites integrated to the Launch Vehicle .(ISRO Photo)

The launch of ISRO’s PSLV C23 carrying an Indian IRSS satellite, a French Earth observation satellite and four others from Singapore, Canada and Germany will now take off at 9.52 am on Monday, June 30, 3 minutes later than scheduled, said ISO.

Live Telecast by Doordarshan and Webcast of Launch will be available on June 30, 2014 from 09:15 hrs (IST); Click HERE for details.

“The 49 hour countdown of PSLV C23 Mission started at 08:52 AM at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota,” ISRO said.

The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) on Thursday cleared the launch, to begin the countdown for the launch which was originally fixed at 9.49 AM on June 30, Monday but has been rescheduled for 9.52 AM due to the probability of space debris in the orbit during its launch time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sriharikota to witness the launch of the French satellite, SPOT-7 and the co-passenger spacecraft from Canada, Germany and Singapore from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, off Andhra coast.

ISRO has so far launched 35 satellites of foreign countries in the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The countdown has begun at Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSC) – SHAR, Sriharikota on Saturday morning. It is scheduled to be lifted off at 9.52 hrs (IST) on Monday, June 30, 2014.

During the 49-hour countdown, the Countdown, propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle will be carried out.

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

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