ISRO may take a call on GSLV mission Tuesday
Bangalore: Indian Space Research Organisation
is expected to take a decision Tuesday, on the fresh date for
launch of GSAT-5P satellite on board Geo-Synchronous Satellite
Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06) after conducting an experiment to
study the leak that led to the mission`s postponement.
As of now, it appears to be a "liveable leak", an ISRO
official told PTI here, a day after the space agency put off
the launch from the spaceport of Sriharikota due to a "minor
leak" in one of the valves of the Russian Cryogenic stage,
observed during the pre-countdown checks.
"We are planning to do a small experiment tomorrow to
ascertain the cause for the leak. If the leak is the same (as
noticed during the pre-countdown checks), then we can go ahead
with the launch. If the leak is increasing... beyond certain
limits, then we have to stop (the mission)," the official said
on condition of anonymity.
If things are okay after verifications, ISRO might schedule the launch for Thursday, sources in the Bangalore-headquartered agency said.
The 29-hour countdown planned to commence at 11 am on Sunday had not been authorised by the Launch Authorisation Board that met in the forenoon to review the results of pre-countdown checks.
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