ISRO to launch three satellites on April 20

ISRO to launch 3 satellites, including an advanced remote sensing satellite on April 20.

New Delhi: ISRO today announced that it will launch three satellites, including an advanced remote sensing satellite to study and manage natural resources, on April 20.

"Preparations for the launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16) carrying Resourcesat-2 satellite are progressing well at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
In this mission, PSLV-C16 will launch Resourcesat-2, Youthsatand X-Sat satellites," the space agency said.

Built by ISRO, Resourcesat-2 is an advanced remote sensingsatellite weighing 1206 kg for facilitating the study and management of natural resources, it said.

The PSLV-C16 will also carry a 92 kg Youthsat, a joint Indo-Russian nanosatellite for stellar and atmospheric studies, and a 105 kg microsatellite X-sat for imaging
applications, built by the Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University.

"The Launch Authorisation Board scheduled to meet on April 16, 2011 will review the readiness of the launch vehicle, satellites and ground stations and authorise the launch of
PSLV-C16/Resourcesat-2 mission," ISRO said.

The countdown is expected to begin in the early hours ofApril 18 and the launch of PSLV-C16 is tentatively scheduled n April 20, at 10:12 am.

The PSLV-C16 mission will be ISRO`s first launch after the failure of its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) on December 25 after 10 connectors snapped within a minute of the rocket taking off from the Sriharikota spaceport. It was
carrying an advanced communication satellite.

PTI

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