ISRO all set to launch GSLV-F09 mission on May 5

ISRO all set to launch GSLV-F09 mission on May 5

Moving another step forward in the space technology race, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch GSLV mission on May 5 in a bid to provide various communication applications in the Ku-band with coverage over south Asian countries.

ISRO sources told Deccan Herald on Friday that GSAT-9, a geostationary communication satellite, is configured around ISRO’s standard I-2K bus, with lift off mass of 2,230 kg.

“GSLV-F09 will be launched from the Second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR) at Sriharikota on May 5”, a senior ISRO official said.

According to an ISRO official, after getting clearance from Mission Readiness Review (MRR) committee and Launch Authorization Board (LAB), the countdown of the GSLV-F09 launch mission will be announced.

The main structure of the satellite is cuboidal and is built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years. GSLV-F09 mission is the eleventh flight of GSLV and its fourth consecutive flight with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS).

The success of the previous GSLV mission in September last year provided much-needed boost for future GSLV missions to launch satellites weighing two to 2.2 tonnes using the country's indigenous cryogenic engine.

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