PSLV-C26 Launch to Lift Off IRNSS-1C Navigation Satellite Set for Tonight

ISRO`s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C26, will be launched after midnight of Wednesday and early hours of Thursday, at 1:30 am on October 16, 2014 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The launch window of the mission opens at 0132 hrs IST and lasts for 15 minutes till 0147 hrs IST. The lift-off is scheduled at the opening of the launch window at 0132 hrs IST. PSLV-C26 will carry the 14:25 kg Indian Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1C.

IRNSS-1C, the third satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, has already been integrated with PSLV-C26 and the final phase of checks will be undertaken today before the launch.

ISRO’s Mission Readiness Review (MRR) Committee and the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) met on October 07, 2014 to review the progress of prelaunch activities and cleared the launch for October 16, 2014.

The 67 hour count down for the mission has already commenced at 0632 hrs IST on Tuesday from the first launch pad from SHAR, which is currently used by two launch vehicles of the ISRO — the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).

The first launch, opened in 1993, helped launch the maiden flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle carrying the IRS-1E satellite. As of now, 19 PSLVs (1 Failure, 1 Partial Success & 17 Fully Successful) and 3 GSLVs (1 Failure & 2 Fully Successful) have been launched from here.

The last successful launch from here was the lift off of PSLV-C23 on June 30, 2014 carrying payload from 5 different countries and it was the first space launch event attended by PM Narendra modi after taking over the office.

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