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Countdown for PSLV launch begins today

By The Assam Tribune

CHENNAI, April 17 � The countdown for the April 20 launch of the country�s latest remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 and two small spacecraft on board PSLV C16 rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport, 90 km from here, will begin tomorrow.

With the Launch Authorisation Board for the mission giving its green signal at its meeting at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota yesterday, the 54-hour long countdown will commence at 4.12 am on Monday.

The 98 kg YOUTHSAT, an Indo-Russian satellite for stellar and atmospheric studies and 106 kg X-SAT, a microsatellite for imaging applications built by Nanyang Technological University Singapore, will also be placed in orbit.

The LAB cleared the launch of PSLV-C16 at 10:12 hrs on April 20 after reviewing readiness of the launch vehicle, spacecraft systems and ground stations, an Indian Space Research Organisation statement said today.� PTI

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