Powerful PSLV to launch GSAT-12 next week
Bangalore: Indian Space Research Organisation is
using the most powerful configuration of its rocket PSLV to
launch a communication satellite from Sriharikota on July 15
as it braces for the nearly Rs 200 crore mission.
It`s only for the second time ever that a Polar Satellite
Launch Vehicle is being used to loft a communication
satellite, the first one being Kalpana-1 in 2002.
Bangalore-headquartered ISRO opted for this step as there
is a large unfulfilled and pressing demand for communication
Communication satellites are launched on board GSLV or
ISRO goes in procured launches overseas.
"But we wanted to create (transponder) capacity at the
earliest. That?s why we used the PSLV for the purpose (of
launching a communication satellite), and achieve whatever is
possible?best possible by a PSLV with XL configuration. That?s
the most powerful configuration," ISRO Chairman K
Radhakrishnan told PTI here.
The GSAT-12 "fast-track" satellite with a mass of 1410 kg,
has 12 Extended C-band transponders. It is slated to be
injected into space by PSLV-C17 after the launch from
Sriharikota spaceport slated between 16.48 hours and 17.08
hours on July 15.
Similar PSLV, with extended strap-ons, was used for
India?s Chandrayaan-1 mission.
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