SPOT 6 Nearing Launch

UPDATE: Spot 6 Now in Orbit

From the Indian Space Research Organization:

Countdown Commences for the Launch of PSLV-C21 Carrying French Satellite SPOT 6 and Japanese Satellite PROITERES

The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C21)/SPOT-6/PROITERES mission, which met on September 05, 2012 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota has cleared the launch of (PSLV-C21)/SPOT-6/PROITERES mission at 09:51 hrs (IST) on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

The 51-hour countdown commenced at 06:51 hours today (September 7, 2012). During the Countdown, propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle will be carried out. Besides, mandatory checks on the launch vehicle and spacecraft will be carried out. Also, charging of batteries and pressurisation of propellant tanks onboard the satellite will be performed. Readiness of various ground systems such as tracking radar systems and communication networks will also be ascertained.

PSLV-C21 will inject SPOT-6 and PROITERES satellites into an orbit of 655 km altitude at an inclination of 98.23o.



Published Monday, September 10th, 2012

Written by Joe Francica