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16-hour countdown for PSLV-C44 mission begins

Updated : 2019-01-24 11:25:57

A 16-hour countdown began on Wednesday for the launch of Kalamsat, a student payload, and imaging satellite Microsat-R, onboard India's Polar rocket PSLV C-44 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Thursday.

"The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C44 mission started today at 19:37 hrs (IST) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled at 23:37 Hrs IST on 24th January 2019," a mission update by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

ISRO's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 46th flight, would lift off from the first launch pad at the SDSC in Sriharikota, over 100 km from here.

PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL, a new variant of the 44.4 metre tall rocket equipped with two strap-on configuration, ISRO said.

"In this mission, the fourth stage (PS4) of PSLV-C44 will be moved to higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments," the ISRO said.

Source: PTI

A 16-hour countdown began on Wednesday for the launch of Kalamsat, a student payload, and imaging satellite Microsat-R, onboard India's Polar rocket PSLV C-44 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Thursday. (Image Source: ISRO)
A 16-hour countdown began on Wednesday for the launch of Kalamsat, a student payload, and imaging satellite Microsat-R, onboard India's Polar rocket PSLV C-44 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Thursday. (Image Source: ISRO)
The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C44 mission started today at 19:37 hrs (IST) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled at 23:37 Hrs IST on 24th January 2019. (Image Source: ISRO)
The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C44 mission started today at 19:37 hrs (IST) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled at 23:37 Hrs IST on 24th January 2019. (Image Source: ISRO)
ISRO's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 46th flight, would lift off from the first launch pad at the SDSC in Sriharikota, over 100 km from Chennai. (Image Source)
ISRO's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 46th flight, would lift off from the first launch pad at the SDSC in Sriharikota, over 100 km from Chennai. (Image Source)
PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL, a new variant of the 44.4 metre tall rocket equipped with two strap-on configuration, ISRO said. (Image Source: ISRO)
PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL, a new variant of the 44.4 metre tall rocket equipped with two strap-on configuration, ISRO said. (Image Source: ISRO)
According to the mission launch brochure, Kalamsat, the first to use PS4 as orbital platform, is a payload contributed by students and Microsat-R is an imaging satellite. It did not give any other detail about the payloads. (Image Source: ISRO)
According to the mission launch brochure, Kalamsat, the first to use PS4 as orbital platform, is a payload contributed by students and Microsat-R is an imaging satellite. It did not give any other detail about the payloads. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows the closing of payload fairing. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows the closing of payload fairing. (Image Source: ISRO)
The four-stage PSLV with alternating solid and liquid stages has so far launched 53 Indian and 269 satellites of international customers. PSLV-C44 integrated upto fourth stage at MST.(Image Source: ISRO)
The four-stage PSLV with alternating solid and liquid stages has so far launched 53 Indian and 269 satellites of international customers. PSLV-C44 integrated upto fourth stage at MST.(Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Research Space Organisation shows PSLV-C44 third and fourth stages at stage preparation facility. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Research Space Organisation shows PSLV-C44 third and fourth stages at stage preparation facility. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Research Space Organisation shows hoisting of PSLV-C44 second stage during vehicle integration.  (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Research Space Organisation shows hoisting of PSLV-C44 second stage during vehicle integration.  (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows hoisting of an interstage during PSLV-C44 integration. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows hoisting of an interstage during PSLV-C44 integration. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows PSLV-C44 integrated upto first stage inside mobile service tower. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows PSLV-C44 integrated upto first stage inside mobile service tower. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows hoisting of one of the strap-ons of PSLV-C44 during vehicle integration. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows hoisting of one of the strap-ons of PSLV-C44 during vehicle integration. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows a view of two joined segment of PSLV-C44 core stage at mobile service tower. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows a view of two joined segment of PSLV-C44 core stage at mobile service tower. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows hoisting of the nozzle end segment of PSLV-C44 over the launch pedestal. (Image Source: ISRO)
The photo provided by Indian Space Research Organisation shows hoisting of the nozzle end segment of PSLV-C44 over the launch pedestal. (Image Source: ISRO)
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