CHENNAI: The countdown for the launch of Indian rocket carrying ASTROSAT, India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory that will help in understanding the universe, and six other foreign satellites was progressing smoothly on Sunday, a senior official of the Indian space agency Isro said.
"The countdown is progressing without any hitch. The fuelling of the rocket's second stage (engine) has started and would be completed late on Sunday. The rocket is set to blast off at 10 am," a senior official of Isro not wanting to be quoted said over phone from Sriharikota.
The successful launch of the around Rs 180 crore and 1,513 kg ASTROSAT and placing it in orbit at an altitude of 650 km above the earth on Monday morning would make India a member of select group of nations having its own space observatory after the US, Japan, Russia and Europe.
However, it will not be right to call ASTROSAT as India's 'Hubble'. The Hubble owned and launched by the US in 1990 is 10 times heavier than the ASTROSAT and is said to cost $2.5 billion.
While the Hubble space telescope is still working now, India's ASTROSAT's life span is five years.
After concentrating on social applications in space till date, ISRO is rightfully taking the next step towards space exploration. Way to go, ISRO! Keep continue making India proud......
A proud moment for India. Wish all the luck.
Our Space programme is moving in right direction and we hope that during the regime of PM Mr. Modi it will progress even faster.
A proud moment for all of Indians. Best wishes to ISRO Scientists
ISRO will again made us proud... Best of luck...
Best of luck ISRO
way to go India, well done team
Needs a rubber band!! LMFAO