Monday: launch day is getting closer

As previously mentioned, Saturday a pre-launch rehearsal was initiated at 2 am and successfully concluded at 12.30 pm. During this particular procedure all activities during the 10 hours leading up to the launch are rehearsed.

This Monday morning at 8 am, the actual count down clock was started and thereby initiating the actual 49-hour count down process.

In the mean time, some multimedia material has been released and is provided below.

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The picture above shows the Equipment Bay (EB) deck of PSLV’s Fourth Stage (PS4). In the upper left circle UWE-2 is seen, while BEESAT is seen in the lower left circle. The right circle shows a very little bit of ITUpSAT1. Don’t worry, SwissCube was also integrated, but is blocked in this view by the (primary) payload adaptor.

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Closure of the heatshield with a nice configuration overview of the primary payload Oceansat-2 and the EB deck with the auxiliary payloads. In the circle, BEESAT is seen.

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Beautiful picture of ‘our’ Launch Vehicle PSLV-C14 on the First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC-SHAR) at Sriharikota! The structure in the background is the Mobile Service Tower, which is being rolled back to a safer location.

Finally, ISRO has put together a nice brochure providing some more details about this particular PSLV-C14 launch, Oceansat-2 and its objectives. It can be found at: http://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c14/pdf/Oceansat-2-Brochure-1.pdf

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