It is learnt that the launch authorisation board for the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C21/SPOT-6/PROITERES mission, which met at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Sept 5, cleared the launch mission at 9.51 am on Sunday, agency reports said. The 51-hour countdown started at 6.51 am on Friday.
The countdown will see propellant-filling work of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle being carried out, added the reports. Other mandatory check-ups of the launch vehicle and spacecraft will also be carried out.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will watch the mission during which the SPOT-6 remote-sensing satellite from France and Japanese spacecraft PROITERES would be placed in orbit of 655 km and at 98.23 degree inclination by PSLV C-21.
(With agency inputs)