ISRO all set for first GSLV mission of 2020

In its first GSLV mission of 2020, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all geared up for the launch of the Geo Imaging Satellite GISAT-1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on 5 March.

ISRO sources said that GSLV-F10, carrying the 2,268 kg GISAT-1, will lift off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at 5.43 pm on Thursday, subject to weather conditions.

The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) and the Mission Readiness Review Committee will meet at the SHAR Range and clear the launch after which the countdown will begin for the 14th GSLV mission by ISRO and the first this year. In a first, a four-metre diameter Ogive shaped payload fairing would be flown for the first time in this GSLV flight.

This is the eighth flight with indigenous cryogenic stage and the 76th launch vehicle mission from the SDSC, SHAR. The height of the launch vehicle is 51.70 m, which is as tall as a 16-storeyed building and weighs a whopping 420.3 tonnes.About 18 minutes after lift off and after ignition and separation of all the three stages, GISAT-1 would be injected into the GTO orbit.