Amid cyclone, rain threat, ISRO readies of GSLV-MkIII/GSAT-29 mission on Nov 14


CHENNAI : The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would launch its high throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 on  November 14 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 100 km from here,  subject to weather conditions.

ISRO sources said that the 3,423 kg satellite would be launched by  India’s heavy lift launch vehicle GSLV-MkIII-D2 at 1708 hrs from the  SHAR Range.

With the Met office predicting heavy rains from the afternoon of Wednesday in view of Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ over the Bay of Bengal, which would cross the North Tamilnadu between Nagapattinam and  Chennai as a Cyclonic Storm during the forenoon of November 15,  the sources said weather would not be a concern.

The all weather proof Launch pad and the launch vehicle would  withstand the conditions and there would not be any hitch in the lift off as the cyclonic storm was expected to cross only on Thursday.

”As of now the launch is scheduled at 1708 hrs”, the sources said,  adding, the countdown process for the launch, during which propellant  filling operations would take place, would start once the Launch  Authorisation Board meet at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and  cleared the mission.

GSLV MkIII-D2 would inject the satellite into GTO at an orbit of about 36,000 km with an inclination of 21.5 deg to the equator.

The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit (GEO)  using the onboard propulsion system. It would take a few days  after separation from launcher to reach its orbital slot. (AGENCIES)

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