Indias GSLV-D5 will launch on Jan 5

After the Mission Readiness Meet on Friday for the launch of the GSLV-D5 from Sriharikota, ISRO officials informed that the vehicle will be moved to the launch pad on Saturday for the launch set for Jan 5.

"The mission readiness meet went on well and the vehicle will move to the launch pad tomorrow for its launch on Jan 5," Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director S Ramakrishnan told TOI.

"This readiness for the successful launch of GSLV-D5 will prove effective for the next Mars Mission after two years, as the window for its launch comes once in two years," he said. Current Mars Mission through PSLV-C25 has a limited payload to carry five instruments, while the GSLV will have a heavier satellite payload, he said.

Earlier in Aug 19 this year, an anomaly in the second stage of liquid propellant of GSLV-D5 prompted ISRO to call off the launch. Now, it is all rectified and the third stage indigenous cryogenic engine too has been tested and is ready for GSLV-D5 launch, he said. A high-end version of the heavy cryogenic engine C-25 stage is being designed with 25 ton propellant loading and 20 tonnes of engine thrust for the GSLV MK-3 D-1 mission in early 2017, he said. The huge cryogenic engine is slated for completion and testing by 2015, he said.


The preparations regarding the readiness of the satellite launch vehicle for the mission has been reviewed and currently the launch of GSLV-D5 is set for Jan 5, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) director M Chandradathan told TOI.

More than 100 scientists from ISRO establishments including VSSC, LPSC and Isro Inertial Systems Unit are at Sriharikota for the GSLV-D5 launch.

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