Preparations for the flight of polar satellite launch
vehicle-C5 (PSLV) are proceeding at good pace at the Satish
Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch window
opens on 16 October 2003 onwards.
time PSLV will sling the 1,360-kg Resourcesat/IRS-P6,
an earth-observation satellite. It will provide continuity
to IRS-1C and 1D and will enhance the service capabilities
in the areas of agriculture, disaster management, land
and water resources, with a better resolution imagery.
per earlier plans, the Resourcesat was to have Hamsat
as co-passenger. But some performance deviations were
noted during the thermo-vacuum test. As the corrections
could not be made within the time limit, Hamsat has to
be left behind this time and will be accommodated on one
of the subsequent flights of PSLV.