India is all set to launch the much-awaited Geo-Synchronous Satellite (GSLV-F02) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. According to the report, the launch vehicle is almost ready to lift-off the GSLV-F02 at 4.30 p.m. on September 1. The vehicle would also put a 2130 kg sophisticated communication satellite INSAT-4CR in the orbit.
B.N. Suresh, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, said:
The launch campaign is going on quite smoothly. So far we have not faced any problem.
The report says that the VSSC and the nerve centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have built the 49 metre-tall and weighs 414 tonnes, 3-stage GSLV F02.
The scientists have been mated the INSAT-4CR with the vehicle. VSSC director said that this GSLV launch would be identical with the previous GSLV that was launched on July 10, 2006 and the satellite INSAT-4CR is also identical to the INSAT that was planned to be launched on July 10, last year.
On July, 2006, the GSLV flight had failed and destroyed after 56 seconds of the lift-off from Sriharikota. The debris had fallen into the Bay of Bengal. Later, the Failure Analysis Committee headed by K. Narayana, former Director, SDSC, Sriharikota, discovered that the launch failed because one of the four strap-on motors of the GSLV did not produce enough energy to lift-off the satellite.
This time, the ISRO officials said that they did not make any design changes in the vehicle because the liquid strap-on motors had performed well in many PSLV and GSLV launches. However, the team has worked hard to enhance quality procedures and inspection methods better than last time.