The countdown for the launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C34 (PSLV-34), which will carry 20 satellites into the orbit, from the SHAR centre on Sriharikota island, 90 km from here, began at 9.25 am on Monday. The launch is scheduled after 48 hours i.e., at 9.30 am on June 22.
The 1,288 kg satellite launch vehicle, measuring 44 metre in height, will carry as many as 20 satellites into the space including 17 micro satellites made in countries like Indonesia, USA, Germany and Canada, and three Indian satellites - 720 kg Carto Sat of ISRO, 1.5 kg Satyabhama SAT and 1 kg Swayam SAT designed by Satyabhama University College of Engineering.
The entire operation is proposed to be completed in 27 minutes by inducting the satellites at 550 km height into the orbit. Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Yantriks firm, the ISRO is sending commercial satellites into space of which 84 have been successfully inducted so far. The ISRO has sent 10 satellites at a time through its PSLV thus far. After a gap of eight years, it is examining its luck again by launching PSLV-34 on June 22.