countdown for the launch of India''s Geostationary Satellite
Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket from Sriharikota, which will
carry the INSAT-4CR communication satellite, started on
31 August in the afternoon.
49-metre tall rocket is scheduled for launch at 1621 hrs
from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. (See:
Rocket avionics designed
by Indian Space Research Organisation to guide next to
GSLV-F04, the fifth in the GSLV series, will put INSAT-4CR
into a geosynchronous transfer orbit of 170 km perigee
and 35,975 km apogee with an orbital inclination of 21.7
degrees, about 16 minutes and 40 seconds after lift off.
satellite will carry 12 high-powered KU-band transponders
for direct-to-home (DTH) television services, video picture
transmission and digital satellite news gathering. A few
days after its launch, the satellite will be manoeuvred
into a geostationary orbit using its own propulsion system.
launch vehicle''s configuration is identical to that of
GSLV F02 that failed in July 2006 owing to manufacturing
error. Therefore, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
scientists are making every effort to ensure that this
rocket does not meet the same fate of its predecessor,
in July 2006, it had strayed away from its path, forcing
scientists to destroy it just 56 seconds after take off.
(See: ISRO forced to destroy
GSLV in mid air)