September 10, 2004
GSLV to Launch EDUSAT on September 20, 2004

Preparations for the launch of EDUSAT by India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F01) are proceeding satisfactorily at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. As per the present progress, the launch is expected to take place at 4:01 pm on Monday, September 20, 2004.

Integration of GSLV-F01 on the launch pad commenced on July 7, 2004. All launch vehicle systems have been integrated and checked out successfully. EDUSAT, the first exclusive satellite for educational services, was transported to SDSC SHAR in the first week of August 2004 and, since then, it has undergone all checks. After propellant filling operations, the spacecraft has been encapsulated and integrated with GSLV.

In the next few days, a complete checkout of the fully integrated launch vehicle along with satellite will be carried out. The launch rehearsal is planned on September 16, 2004 and the final countdown is expected to begin in the early hours of September 19, 2004.

The Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, today visited SDSC SHAR and had a view of the fully integrated vehicle. Mr G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO briefed the Minister on the preparations for the launch.

EDUSAT, GSAT-F01 Glimpse [jpg files]
View 3 of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle prior to launch
View 2 of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle prior to launch
View 1 of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle prior to launch
Integrated GSLV inside the Mobile Service Tower at SDSC SHAR Sriharikota
Liquid Propellant Strap-on motors of GSLV under final preparations
Transportation of Liquid Propellant Strap on motor to Mobile Service Tower
Base shroud and the first segment of the core solid propellant stage being mounted on to the Mobile Service Tower
Liquid Propulsion Second Stage being hoisted for mounting on the first stage
Cryogenic stage being lowered on top of the second stage
EDUSAT encapsulated in the heat-shield being mounted on top of the equipment bay
EDUSAT under testing at SDSC SHAR
EDUSAT solar panel deployment test