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Updated: March 29, 2010 17:32 IST

GSLV to be launched on April 15

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A giant model of GSLV-D2 rocket at Birla Planetarium in Guindy, Chennai. Photo: N Sridharan
The Hindu A giant model of GSLV-D2 rocket at Birla Planetarium in Guindy, Chennai. Photo: N Sridharan

For the first time GSLV will be powered by home-made cryogenice engine. PSLV will take off on May 5

India’s GSLV rocket, powered by home-made cryogenic engine for the first time, would be launched on April 15 from Sriharikota to place into orbit GSAT-4 experimental satellite. Previous GSLV flights were fitted with Russian engines.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also fixed May 5 as the date for the launch of the Cartosat-2B by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The mission readiness review conducted by ISRO at Sriharikota yesterday finalised the dates, and gave the go-ahead for the two launches, sources in the space agency said.

Besides the Cartosat-2B, the PSLV would also have on board an Algerian satellite and some small and nano satellites, ISRO sources said.

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