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Historic PSLV launch today

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Panoramic view of PSLV-C21, which will carry two foreign satellites to space, at Sriharikota on Friday. The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C21, India's 100th space mission, began on Friday.
Panoramic view of PSLV-C21, which will carry two foreign satellites to space, at Sriharikota on Friday. The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C21, India's 100th space mission, began on Friday.

Manmohan to witness ISRO’s 100th mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday said it was all set to launch the historic PSLV-C21 on Sunday morning.

The wholly commercial launch will be the space agency's 100th mission in 49 years. So far it has built 62 satellites and flown 37 launch vehicles.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is slated to arrive at the space port of Sriharikota, some 120 km from Chennai and located in coastal Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday evening and witness the launch on 9.51 a.m. on Sunday, ISRO officials said.

The PSLV will carry France’s SPOT-6 earth observation satellite as the primary payload and PROITERES, a small spacecraft built by a team of Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan, as a secondary rider. They will be put into their respective pole-to-pole orbits at a distance of 655 km from Earth.

Scientists at the launch site, Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, began a 51-hour countdown at 6.51 a.m. on Friday, a release said.

The Launch Authorisation Board met on Thursday and cleared the event.

During the run-up, teams associated with the launch will complete filling liquid propellants in the second and fourth stages (PS2 and PS4) of the launch vehicle. The rocket and the spacecraft will be checked. Batteries will be charged and the fuel tanks on the satellites will be pressurised, the ISRO officials said.

“Readiness of various ground systems such as tracking radar systems and communication networks will also be ascertained,” they said.

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Iam very proud to be an indian.iam very glad for isro's pslv c21 successful launch in to space. I heartfully wishing them to be continue this type missions in future

from:  V.srikanth
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 14:44 IST

I feel very sad that in this 100th launch of our home grown ISRO, there is no Indian satellite being launched.And such a launching is happening in front of Indian Prime Minister!
I and any patriotic Indian can not see any way to be proud of the organisation or the government.

from:  atis
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 14:29 IST

Only a meagre people comprehend how much our scientist are toiling to stay competent wit the rest, every indians should be proud of them

from:  nonglenganba
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 14:18 IST

Im really proud to be an Indian. This mission proves that India is
advacing techonologically and emerging as strongest of Nation.

from:  Chandan Sharma
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 13:48 IST

I happened to feel, strangely, that the day was commemorating a hundred years of the first satellite launch, of India. It is significant, that the satellite which is being sent to space, has not been built by France, most probably, but it is French. It is probably built by India. The USA. had a space program, but so did the USSR. The Soviets thought the USA had money, and so they had, then, a space program. The USSR had not the same philosophy or ideology towards money, and they too developed a space program, at the same time. I think, France and Britain were the most pragmatic. They never needed to have a space program. It is significant, that India had a space program in the 1970's, and China, perhaps did not. I know that this is significant to me, but why? I don't think the space program signifies science, because science is it's own significance. I think, the space program, was an undertaking by India, not because of any particular reason seen by me.

from:  Aditya Mookerjee
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 10:16 IST

I am very proud to be an Indian .India should be number one in this
world .

from:  mahesh reddy
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 09:14 IST

every indian to be proud of this situation.because this is 100th mission of isro and this mission is made by our country technology.

from:  Bhaskar Dakoori
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 09:01 IST

We are very proud of the historic launch of 100th mission PSLV by the Engineers and Scientists of ISRO.We wish and prey the ALMIGHTY FOR THE SUCCESS of this mission.

from:  Er.V.Gopalakrishnan and Family
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 08:59 IST
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