PSLV-C 15 sets to launch on Jul 12

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Chennai, Jul 9: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISR0) is launching Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C 15 on Monday, Jul 12 from Sriharikota spaceport.

The 51 hour countdown for the launch will start at 6 am Saturday, Jul 10. ISRO officials told that preparations were in full swing.

PSLV-C 15 is expected to place the 694 kg Cartosat 2B and four auxiliary payloads in a 630 km Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

The PSLV launch was to take place on May 9, 2010 but was postponed because of a drop in the pressure in the vehicle"s second stage. This would be the first mission by ISRO after the failure of India"s ambitious home made cryogenic engine powered GSLV-D3 in Apr 2010.

"The rocket will put into orbit five satellites - remote sensing satellite Cartosat 2B from India, Alsat from Algeria, two nano satellites from Canada and Switzerland, and a pico (very small) satellite called Studsat built by seven engineering students in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka", said S Satish, ISRO spokesmen.

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