May 05, 2005

PSLV-C6/CARTOSAT-1/HAMSAT

 
PSLV-C6 is the ninth flight of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). In its past eight flights, this 295 tonne, 44 metre tall, workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO has launched six Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites as well as a meteorological satellite KALPANA-1. Besides, it has launched four satellites as auxiliary payloads for customers from abroad. The previous seven flights of PSLV have been consecutively successful in orbiting the satellites carried on board.

PSLV-C6 is the first flight to be launched from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, which is India’s spaceport. Located on the east coast of India, SDSC SHAR is about 80 km to the north of Chennai (Lat 13.6 deg Long 80.2). It provides the necessary infrastructure for launching satellites.

PSLV- C6 stages at a glance
 
STAGE-1
STAGE-2
STAGE-3
STAGE-4
Nomenclature
Core (PSI)) + Six Strap -ons (PSOM) 6 Nos
PS2
PS3
PS4
Propellant
Solid
HTPB Based
Liquid
UH25+N204
Solid
HTPB based
Bi-prop
MMH +
MON
Mass (Tonne)
138.0 + 6 x 9.0
41.5
7.6
2.5
Max Thrust (kN)
4762.0
6 x 645
800
246
7.3 x 2
Burn Time
 (sec)
106.4
44
147
109
515
Stage Dia (m)
2.8
1.0
2.8
2.0
2.8
Stage Length
 (m)

20
10

12.8
3.6
2.9