India’s GSLV Rocket May Launch This Week

A final decision on a new date for the launch of India’s advanced and heaviest communication satellite GSAT-5P, by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06), using Russian cryogenic stage, is expected to be taken later today. The vehicles requires a 29-hour countdown procedure.

The launch was earlier scheduled for Decemebr 20, but it was postponed after a leak was noticed in one of the valves of the Russian cryogenic engine during pre-countdown tests at the spaceport of Sriharikota. Russian and Indian scientists continue to review possible solutions notes the Hindustan Times. [Vid above relates to Indian efforts to develop their own cryogenic engine.)

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