Thiruvananthapuram, India, 12 July 2006: The failure of GSLV carrying INSAT-4C satellite would not upset the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) upcoming programmes, including the next GSLV launch planned for September and the Moon mission, according to top space scientists near here.
“There is no change in our future launch programmes. As scheduled, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will be launched by this year-end to deploy Cartosat-2, an Indonesian Remote-Sensing satellite and a space recovery capsule in lower orbits,” a top ISRO official told IANS here.
Unlike the aborted Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) mission, the PSLV will take off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, off the Andhra coast. Preparations are under way to assemble the 295-tonne PSLV to carry the three payloads, weighing about 1.3 tonnes collectively.
“We are planning to launch the PSLV between October and December this year. The launch schedule will be decided once we receive the payloads and integrate them with the 44-metre rocket,” said the official.
“While the 610-kg space recovery capsule will be built at Sriharikota and the 660-kg Cartosat-2 at our satellite centre in Bangalore, the 56-kg Indonesian mini-satellite, christened Lapan TubSat, will be shipped from Jakarta,” he said.
Cartosat-2 is an advanced Remote-Sensing satellite with a resolution of one metre for imageries and a swath of about 10 km. Its cameras can provide scene-specific spot imageries for cartographic and a host of other applications.