GSLV-FO6 mission to take off on December 25: ISRO

The postponed geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-FO6) mission, to place India's advanced and heaviest communication satellite GSAT-5P in orbit, has now been scheduled for 1601 hours on December 25.

The launch, earlier scheduled for December 20, was deferred after a leak was noticed during pre-countdown tests in one of the valves of the cryogenic engine supplied by Russia.

After three days of hectic discussions, various tests were carried out and the results were satisfactory.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)spokesperson S Sathish told UNI tonight that the leak was minor and that it was gearing up for the launch.

"The leak was within the tolerable limit. Some apprehensions were raised. However, after detailed discussions and tests, the scientists said it is not alarming," he said.

ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan, who was at SHAR Centre, chaired the final round of review meeting and finalised the launch date for December 25.

The T-29 countdown will commence at 1101 hours on December 24.


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