Minor flight path change gives anxious moments to French officials

The launch of India`s 100th space mission o Sunday gave some anxious moments to French officials when there was a minor flight path deviation of the PSLV C-21 rocket, which put their and a Japanese satellite in orbit.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2012, 20:27 PM IST

Sriharikota: The launch of India`s 100th space mission o Sunday gave some anxious moments to French officials when there was a minor flight path deviation of the PSLV C-21 rocket, which put their and a Japanese satellite in orbit.

The officials looked worried as their advanced remote sensing satellite SPOT 6 was minutes away from being injected into orbit, but heaved a sigh of relief when the launch vehicle resumed its normal flight path.

However, ISRO officials downplayed the incident and said it was not a major issue.

Describing such incidents as "minor," they said on-board computers immediately bring the launch vehicle to its original path in such cases.

In a landmark in the history of its space programme, India today successfully launched its 100th mission with its workhorse PSLV-C21 placing the two foreign satellites in orbit in a flawless flight from the spacesport here.

This was the third wholly commercial launch with no Indian satellite. Apart from SPOT-6, Japanese 15 kg micro satellite PROITERES was also injected into orbit.

The launch originally scheduled for 9.51 AM was delayed by two minutes to avoid collision with space debris.

PTI