Countdown begins for PSLV C 18

Countdown begins for PSLV C 18

A release by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) - SHAR, Sriharikota has cleared the launch of PSLV-C18 at 11 am on Wednesday, October 12.

The 50-hour countdown will consist of propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle. Mandatory checks on the launch vehicle and spacecraft including charging of batteries and pressurisation of propellant tanks will be performed. Readiness of various ground systems such as tracking radar systems and communication networks will also be checked, according to ISRO.

PSLV C18 will inject Megha Tropiques satellite into an orbit of 867-km altitude at an inclination of 20 degree with respect to the equator.  PSLV will be carrying three other satellites into orbit along with Megha Tropiques. They are the SRMSat from SRM University, Chennai, Jugnu from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Vesselsat-1 from Luxembourg.

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