GSLV launch on April 15, PSLV on May 5

Last Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 21:18

Bangalore: India`s GSLV rocket, powered
by home-made cryogenic engine for the first time, would be
launched on April 15 from Sriharikota to place into orbit
GSAT-4 experimental satellite.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also
fixed May 5 as the date for the launch of the Cartosat-2B by
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The mission readiness review conducted by ISRO at
Sriharikota yesterday finalised the dates, and gave the
go-ahead for the two launches, sources in the space agency
told PTI here.

The GSLV would be powered by home-made cryogenic engine
for the first time. Previous GSLV flights were fitted with
Russian engines.

Besides the Cartosat-2B, the PSLV would also have on
board an Algerian satellite and some small and nano
satellites, ISRO sources said.

PTI



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