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Countdown for launch of GSLV-D5 begins today

india Updated: Jan 03, 2014 21:09 IST
Vanita Srivastava

Two months after the successful launch of Mangalyaan, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is all set to make its first major launch of 2014 on Sunday-- the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV-D5)carrying India's latest communication satellite GSAT 14.

According to Isro sources, the 29 hour countdown for the launch of GSLV -D5 will start on Saturday at 11.18 hours.

"The Mission Readiness Review(MRR) team and the Launch Authorisation Board(LAB) have cleared the GSLV-D5/GSAT 14 launch at 16.18 hours on Sunday," Isro said.

The GSLV is a three-stage/engine rocket. The first stage is fired with solid fuel, the second is the liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine.

The successful launch of this rocket is crucial for India as it will be the first step towards building rockets that can carry heavier payloads.

GSAT-14 will help provide many satellite based communication services to the country including tele-education and telemedicine. The main objectives of the GSAT-14 mission is to augment

the in-orbit capacity of Extended C and Ku-band transponders and to provide a platform for new experiments

Earlier the launch of the GSLV-D5 scheduled for August 19, 2013 was called off, as a leak was observed in the UH25 fuel system of the liquid second stage during the pre-launch pressurisation phase on the vehicle just two hours before the scheduled lift-off.

Isro chairman had later constituted a high level task team to identify the cause of the leak and to work out an action plan for quick restoration of the mission.